This is a colored pencil painting I did about 5 years ago that I don't own anymore and borrowed back for the show I was in at the Asheville Humane Society in January. I never got a good photo of it before it went to its current home, so I photographed it on the wall of the show. Shall we just say I still don't have a good photo of it?! Excuse the glare--it is a big no-no to photograph art while behind glass, but I didn't think the owner would appreciate my taking the frame apart. I'll explain why I am posting an old colored pencil painting, when I consider myself an acrylic artist, in a minute.
But first, I wanted to let you know that a blogging friend of mine, Sharon Graves, has me as a guest on her blog today. Click here to read her post. We decided we would interview each other, and she threw a great first question at me, so she decided to post my answer today. I am not sure if that is the end of her interview or if she has any other questions for me. She knows I will ask her more questions and post my interview of her when I am finished, and she also knows that may be awhile, because I was already in the process of interviewing another artist before she brought up the guest post idea. Getting to know other artists through blogging is a such a bonus for me. Check out Sharon's work. She also paints in acrylics, focusing on the natural world.
I wanted to post something of a dog today, because I wanted to let you know why no new paintings from me lately. My dog just had an intense orthopedic surgery to correct a knee injury. We are now 5 days into a 6 to 8 week strict crate rest/recovery period. Very intense period of life. We artists sometimes say "life got in the way" of painting. I hope to paint soon, but for now, I'm pretty drained with just the day-to-day. She has to wear an e-collar to prevent her from taking her staples out. Poor thing, being in a crate most of the time with the e-collar on....so stressful. AND I feel I must sleep on the floor next to her crate in order to be available if she needs to go out in the middle of the night (and she does).
I want to get back into my daily painting routine, but honestly don't know if I can expect that of myself anytime soon. Art vs. responsibility--the dog comes first. Check out the photo below....her "baby picture." How could I not put her first? Any artist reading this knows of the sacrifices we all make in our personal lives to have time for our art. This is the other side of the coin, in that I am sacrificing my art....