It's been awhile since I've picked a paint brush up....two years to be exact. I have finally started on a portrait for a friend. I thought this might be a good warm up to get me back in the groove. Luckily, I don't seem to have lost any rhythm or skill levels..The only thing that really bothers me is that I don't seem to have the drive or motivation that I've had for 35 years as I thought I would. Maybe it's just the layoff and I need time to get myself back into it. Or maybe the millions of strokes I've made over the years have finally taken a toll on me.....knowing each stroke had a reason and a purpose for being there. I never wasted many strokes even if it took a year on a painting. Its part of the process. Maybe it's time to call it a career and just hang out. I still think I have a painting or two left in me.....and still have some paintings that haven't been started yet...such as "Fields of Gold" and the Bill Monroe tribute painting. When I paint I'm usually so wrapped up in it that I don't sleep or eat ...only enough to get by. Its always been that way from the smallest painting to the largest. Even if I sat down to paint on "Waiting for Tomorrow" knowing at the end of the day I was only have about a couple square inches done...I still had butterflies in my stomach. It was that exciting!
Maybe it will all come back. For now I plan to leave the website up. I have so many visitors daily from all over the world that I feel obligated to leave it up. I still do the printing for the giclees' , hopefully that will get me going again.
I'm 66 now but that really has no effect on my painting. I can still lift a brush and my sight is still good. I run two miles a day and bench press 225 and workout daily. I just need to get focused and maybe find some new subject matter to get me going again. Trying not to make this sound like an obituary as far as my painting goes but who knows, maybe its just time. I will still post anything to do with the art and if and when, I paint anymore....and leave the website up for now. Hope everyone still enjoys it......having loyal visitors and comments from all over the world everyday. This is really rewarding to know people are still enjoying and visiting the site. Stay tuned.....