(first published June 2, 2008, edited 10/1/18). I am re-releasing these blog posts to communicate how I traveled the journey to artist...mistakes I made, things I tried, money spent, hours spent researching. I have boiled all this down into a simple formula for you to Restore Your Soul | Jumpstart Your Creativity.
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I am married to the best man in the world! I even brought his last valentine card with me because it was so cute. Here it is at La Bonne Etoile. This is Amy (a wine grower from Napa), daughter of Bettie and David who posed the first day for Les. In the second photo I think I forgot to say cheese...they don't look like happy campers! Axully, they were having some good-natured fun about me and my card.
Anyway, I was supposed to get up Monday am at 6 and leave with Les for the airport and trip home. Durinda came in Sunday (she is the instructor for the next workshop) for a couple days acclimation before her group arrives on Friday. SO, at the last minute Kippy and Jerome invited me to stay over a few days...I will go to the airport with Chantal when she takes Paul for his journey back. Saves a trip for K&J.
Randy was all in favor of me staying over...in fact encouraged it. Kippy's son Michael will be at our house in Rogers when I get back...so I'll get to meet him!
The way I feel today is like I have just been put in a blender on high for the last 2 weeks. Guess I worked really hard. Painting clouds will be a walk in the park with a bucket of chicken...after all, they don't REALLY have to look like the exact cloud. Who cares if there are 3 trees instead of 4!
Painting a person is waaay different! Trying to not only place the facial features to look like a person, you have 2 hours to do all that AND capture the soul of the model. It is more and more impressive that Les is able to do all that in a few hours.
He did a sepia tone portrait of each of us...I'll send something on that later, after I collect my thoughts. I saw him tear up one and start over. That is a valuable lesson for me to realize that even the pros start over sometimes.
It is rainy today and very cool, so Durinda and I might go up to the studio and set up a quiet, little, stress-free still life.
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You got this! Be sure to get my free "Axully Art Roadmap" and learn how I did it. Age 51, empty nest...hell, NO NEST to empty...daughter didn't make it out of our house fire on Christmas morning...and my entire life exploded. Art became my focus, my salvation, my burning desire to learn. Along the way, I discovered that the act of painting gave me peace.
Peace where I could heal. Peace I could laugh again.