I've made peace with the winter and the cold. I've come to like the vigor and exhilaration of the air; the urge to walk 'smartly'. I like the food...stews, chili, cassoulet, hot chocolate or Baileys in my coffee. I like the clothes..the scarves, layers of warm woolly stuff, boots. Even enjoy shoveling snow (tho that's on hold for a bit), long afternoons inside with crafts and artwork, a good mystery read under a cozy afghan, coffee and conversation with friends in a warm kitchen. A peaceful time.
The quote "Art is the only way to run away without leaving home" by Twyla Tharp, best describes the attraction to every part of the painting process for me. Having painted for nearly 25 years intermittently while raising 3 valuable citizens, I took up the endeavor nearly fulltime in 1990. Soaking up art history and technique books, taking workshops with Coleman Cohen, Gifford Nicolaides, Susan Gallagher, Michelle Chrisman, J. K. Drummond, Leo Neufeld, Joe Lorusso. My inspiration is whatever touches my heart. I admire the work of The Boston Women's Artists Guild, the California Impressionists and such contemporary artists as Greg Kreutz, Susan Lyon, Thomas Buechner, Clyde Aspevig. I keep my drawing board occupied with plans for still lifes, floral portraits, and scenes from travels; keeping my enthusiasm vital and fresh.