Painting time has to take priority over everything else. It seems I’ve been quiet throughout Autumn, but I have discovered something really interesting. It is surprising how you can be caught up in something and then realise you’re losing painting time. What am I talking about? Social Media, especially Twitter and Facebook. It is remarkable how many hours you can lose to chatting or just responding to comments. So I decided to leave social media for a while, who knew it would be this long. In doing so, I found I had more time to paint. Now don’t misunderstand me, I do love to chat and interact, but painting has to be my priority.
Detailed paintings take hours
It can take a long time to produce one of my watercolour paintings. Anywhere between 30 to 130 hours and that is just purely painting time. Then I need time to explore, research and sketch. Time to reply to emails, posting to VIP client accounts, ordering supplies, yet more paperwork and not forgetting my
demanding adorable family that I have to clothe and feed. Finally I need time for one of my best resources, my beloved garden, which could be a full time job on its own.
More time painting, less time on social media
So during this ‘quiet’ Autumn front I have been outdoors more. Painting the shimmering light upon the waves, the ploughing of the fields for harvest, the farmers baling the golden strands of hay, the pear trees heavy with fruit, the blackberries protruding the hedges, the leaves turning golden yellow, orange and vibrant red, the Swallows leaving for warmer climes, the first morning frosts and the glowing deep red skies as the sun sets and ………
As you can imagine there are lots of blogs to write and share with you. Hopefully I will not be so quiet now, but the desire to capture all that happens in nature, as the seasons change, pulls my attention. There are only so many hours to capture moments before I have to wait another year.