DO YOU EVER CIRCLE BACK around to patterns of behavior that you thought you left behind? I believe that similarities in emotion attract us to certain types of activities.
When I retired from my career as a chiropractor, I knew that I would live the artful life. As a lifelong artist with a day job, I had to constantly watch my time management. Following the artist's journey after retiring also required some decision making.
After years of equestrian activities, I had to draw a line in the sand and weigh living the sporting life v. living the artful life. It was an easy decision. I knew I had to rein my art in from the periphery and plunge headlong back into oil painting.
FAST FORWARD TO 2021 AND UP TO THE PRESENT-
My favorite seasons to paint en plein air are autumn and winter. The emotion that I feel when I am out in the cold and unpredictable weather reminds me of how I felt riding my horse. It is exhilarating and energizing. As I stated in a recent Instagram post, I am just not willing to paint outside when the heat withers and the sun blisters me. I'd rather be swimming.
Further, I simply love the color palettes of autumn and winter. One is filled with warm and vibrant colors. The other is soft and cooler. In 2022, I have been loving the winter palette. There are so many colors to paint. It is far from drab. I am drawn to the mauves, purples, wheat tones, blues.
IN CLOSING, I POSE A QUESTION TO YOU-
I paint faster in the field than in the studio. How about you? Please feel free to comment.