I am by nature a lazy person, except when it comes to painting. I have a way of managing to put everything else aside when I have a painting to work on. Everything except my children’s demands. I just can’t paint when they are doing other things around me.
It’s kind of like the phone ringing, and as soon as the sound is heard the children come running out from where ever they are hiding to ask me loud questions while I try to talk to the accountant or whoever is on the phone. When I get my paints out and wet the paper my children suddenly appear, jostling my elbows, asking questions, sloshing juice in glasses precariously close to my paints and paper.
So these days are really nice, when the kids are at summer camp and I have space and time.
Unfortunately Mother Nature is turning out to be just as demanding and distracting. Yesterday was so humid that my paint was drying in the way that I’m used to. Actually it was hardly drying at all. Today it is cold and rainy and I am fighting the urge to turn on the furnace, but have instead found fuzzy socks and long sleeved shirt (and a big pot of coffee.)
The worst part about spending all this time painting is that I can’t show you what I am doing. This is a child’s portrait for a private client and I don’t have permission to post it, which, by the way, I totally support, but it does mean that I have no artwork in progress to show you.
But we both need patience. I need to finish this piece and get it delivered, and then I’ll have something new to create and show you.