It has taken a very long time to move and settle into the new house in Reno - much longer than I anticipated - mostly because we are doing some major renovation work. But the worst is over (I hope) and I found some time to enjoy my new studio. It has wonderful natural light all day long. I dont have overhead lights installed yet and when the sun goes down, the light is quickly lost - within a matter of minutes it seems and that is the end of painting for the day! I am looking into some track lighting but have not decided what to do yet. This painting was like trying to ride a bicycle after years of driving a car! I was so eager to begin something new and to feel the pant gliding onto the canvas that I did not think out the composition fully. Nonetheless, the act of painting was such a joy - a pure and complete joy! I have a lot of catching up to do and this painting makes that painfully clear to me! But I feel like today was a new beginning and I can't wait to see where I go from here!
In addition to showing you my awkward painting, I have posted a photo of a corner of the studio and then one of me in the mirror! I had a lovely day today - and some very good news. My employer is offering early retirement to long term employees and, having been with my company for almost 16 years, I meet the requirments1 I have decided that I will leave the work force and devote myself to trying to attain some artistic goals that I have set for myself. My last day of full time employment will be October 28th - I day I am really looking forward to!
wonderful color in this. Im so happy to hear your good news. So well deservedReplyDelete
Susan, your studio looks wonderful! And may I congradulate you on the start of your new life as a full-time artist!ReplyDelete
Your new studio looks wonderful Susan though it must be very noisy with all those birds and animals in there :)ReplyDelete
That's amazing. Full time art is such a treat! I know you'll just shine at it.ReplyDelete
As for your awkward composition, it struck me as a scene exiting Noah's ark. Everyone eager to get off that boat!
Congratulations Susan!! Lucky you. Your studio looks like a charming space. Hope you're happy in your new home. Your painting is great--I agree it does look like Noah's ark.ReplyDelete
Welcome back - we all have missed you!!!! I don't think the composition is all that awkward ---it certainly holds my attention and afterall, that's the goal - right? Congrats on retirement - and if you're like the rest of us, you'll find yourself busier than ever! (Wish my studio space was so neat!)ReplyDelete
Love the painting! You do not look at all rusty. The retirement will do you good! Best wishes in the next phase...like the moon, keep shining.ReplyDelete
Finally got my blog working again and I wanted to thank everyone for taking the time to stop my and comment. Its so nice knowing there are such kind hearted and generous people peeking into this blog once in a while. Thank you all for your support - it is greatly appreciated!ReplyDelete
Susan! Congratulations! I can't WAIT to see what you do with your freedom! Lovely studio - I'm so happy for you!ReplyDelete
So wonderful to see your new studio and tickled for you to now be able to paint full time. I have also just done the same thing and am loving it! I am such a fan of your work and will look forward to all the new posts coming- welcome back and glad you are all settled in!ReplyDelete
I love this painting! So well painted and great composition! Lovely.ReplyDelete
congrats on your early retirement!!ReplyDelete
I love this very interesting painting and your paintings in general. You use a earthy palette that appeals to me.