This past fall and early winter, life seemed to get in the way again and going into my studio took a bit of a back seat to other things.  The pandemic has still been waging war over our life but we have carried on, doing the best we can.  Our local community art club started up in September again and for the first time in a couple of years, we have been planning some informal monthly get-togethers and started up some monthly challenges to keep us learning and just practicing our art!

I’ve worked on a few paintings this fall, some of which were destined for Christmas gifts and others were commissioned pieces.  Starting a commissioned painting is always intimidating – will it turn out to be what they want; does it look like the animal or scene that they expect and will they actually love it?  I have been fortunate that so far, everyone that I have done a painting for, has absolutely loved the final product.  It is so satisfying to know that when a painting is done and as an artist, you love it yourself, that the feeling is mutual for the person that requested it.

It has been a busy month so far in my studio.  I am currently working on six paintings plus I’m also taking an online Masterclass, which includes at least three paintings within a week’s time frame.  Speed painting is not something I’m used to and I’m finding it quite a challenge.  Several of my paintings are animals, which is my specialty, one is a child’s portrait and the rest are still life and landscapes.  It is certainly keeping me on my toes and giving me lots to do while we continue to hang around the house!

Well, that’s it for now.  Keep checking back on my site as I post some of my latest work and I’ll be back in a month or so to give you all an update!

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