My New Old Passion
When I was sixteen, my parents surprised me at Christmas by giving me oil paints, brushes, and canvasses. I could not have been more suprised – or more pleased. I was overwhelmed by the confidence my parents had in me. They thought I was good enough to paint – really paint – with the real thing!
I painted a few oils. My best one still hangs above my mother’s bed. I looked at it just yesterday. It definitely looks like a child painted it, but I am pleased to add – like a child with some talent.
Now that I am retired, and I am goofing off full time, I want to make the most of my goofing off.
Foremost, of course, there is writing. My two novels, (and one in stuttering progress), this blog, my twitter account, and even once in a while, a poem.
I will never stop writing.
But I have rediscovered painting.
I have not taken up the oils of my teenage years – although I may someday.
I am in love with Watercolor.
I always loved painting in watercolor. It’s so fresh and light and clear. I’ve never been very good at it though. I’ve taken a course or two throughout my life – mostly adult ed courses. And I liked it but I always ended up thinking that I had better stick to writing.
But last year, for some unknown reason – maybe Grace – my watercolor has come together. It works. My brain and fingers have figured it out. They must have been taking courses while I slept.
And of all crazy things – or perhaps not so crazy – what I love painting is:
I started with Theo of course.
And I showed a few people.
And someone asked me to paint their dog. And then another person. Then another.
And I ended up with a little happy business. How I love it!
My dogs look like this:
These are a few of the dozen or so I have done in the last few months. And I’ve got orders for three more for right after the Holidays. Cats too, so I am going to have to practice on my own kitties!
If you are interested in a portrait of your own dog (or perhaps cat), I am now ready to take orders.
I have been mostly painting 5 X 7 portraits done on paper that is 8 x 10. This is then really easy for the purchaser to frame – since there are a lot of standard mats and frames for that size. (Watercolor has to be matted and framed under glass – to keep it from fading and warping.)
The cost is $50 for a 5 x 7 plus $5 shipping in the US. (If you are outside the US, the shipping cost will vary).
I have a paypal account for payment.
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( I will be setting up a permanent tab on the top of the page – with my samples and this email address…so you can always find it.)