I took the masque (rubber cement type stuff that protects the white of the paper) off two paintings that I had started in early December. Thanks goodness that it CAME off! If this were August, it might have been stuck on for good. One is a close up of lavender in a field and the other is the official Henke Ranch pun: a cedar tree growing up in the middle of an old farm implement called a seeder.
I was tempted to do 100 organizational things like refilling all of my paint wells, and neatening up my files, but I got started and actually put paint on paper instead. Are you proud of me? I am.
In other arenas of encouragement, I have been listed by The Arts at Hill Country Scene as a Boerne artist. I guess that means that I will have to finish these paintings and do some more!
February is my time to go back to painting after a couple of months off for a life crisis. I don't want to be one of those people who say, "I used to paint." But I have faced the reality that painting falls off the bottom of the priority list during some seasons of life. So I set myself a deadline of Feb 1. And because of that, I painted a few strokes yesterday. Not very many and not very good. But I did it. In the next few days, I hope to expand to something a little less symbolic and more creative. I may have to go back and re-read parts of Art and Fear.
After almost 20 years of Industrial Engineering, I decided to try to align my life with my values and priorities. Now I am an artist, part time ranch worker and part time church staff (strategic planning). That leaves almost no time for housekeeping, which is fine with me and my dust allergy!
My art business is called Texas Hill Country Art, and I mostly paint Texas wildflowers, landscapes, animals and such. I often paint commissions of people's favorite vacation photos.
Watercolor and acrylic paintings are also available in a greeting card format. ACEOs (baseball card sized paintings) are sometimes studies for my big paintings and sometimes just silliness, like my Ballerinas in Trouble series.