August 12, 2013
I recently returned from a trip to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, with husband. While he was attending a conference I enjoyed doing some plein air painting. Fortunately, there was almost no wind so using a music stand for an easel worked well. When husband’s clothes were put away in the closet and dresser, I packed my painting gear into his smaller suitcase on wheels and was ready to find a painting spot. There was a large city park on a lake near our hotel so that’s where I went.
I set up near a walking and jogging path that bordered the lake. Because of my location a number of people stopped to see what I was doing and make comments about the above painting. The one I found most interesting was, “Oh, you are so talented.” I don’t think so. If I was, I would be more successful in terms of awards and sales.
I may not be talented, but I am persistent. One cannot decide to be talented but one can decide to be persistent and that can result in some very rewarding experiences. I was an art major in college. But over the years after that I only sporadically took took art classes or found time to paint as child rearing, part time jobs, etc. took most of my time.
By the time the last part time job ended, my children were grown. As I thought about what might come next, I decided that I would live like an artist. And that has led to some very enjoyable experiences. I’m a member of two art guilds and have met other artists, I have occasionally taken art classes and have found places to display my work. I’ve joined paintings groups. I’ve gone on weeklong plein air painting trips. Along the way my walls and those of my children and relatives display paintings of the beautiful places I’ve been. And sometimes even people I don’t know see my paintings on display and buy them. By donating paintings to charity auctions I’m able to make a contribution to good causes. Living like an artist can be a very good life but only if one is not focused on monetary rewards.