I've learned a lot this week. I'm totally hooked on the internet, blogging, email, ebay and all things related to connecting with the outside world via the computer. Last Tuesday our phone line went dead due to some upgrading by ATT on the neighborhood lines. Because we use this line exclusively for DSL internet service I was not happy. Upon calling in a repair report I was promised a "by Saturday" repair date which did not happen. It was today (Monday) that we finally gained our phone service back, thus our DSL internet connection.
Six days without that "outside" connection was much harder to bear than I ever expected. It wasn't just not being able to check my bank balance, email, pay bills, sell on ebay and communicate with customers, but I felt so isolated. Usually I spend some time most days checking on the art community family on line. Having made so many connections, I have the sense of being part of an artist colony walking in and out of artist's and friend's studios and sharing in our work. It was pure painful withdrawal that I felt this last week being cut off from all the inspiration, encouragement and knowledge that I gain from you all. It's great to be back!
I haven't accomplished too much in the way of painting this last week. Below you will see the one painting I did finish, a commission to paint another "Tarzan and Mary Jane" piece. It was commissioned by an ebay collector that missed winning the original painting. I think this is the first "re-paint" I've done and was more difficult than I thought it would be. The client wanted it to be as close as possible to the first painting, so concentrating on a likeness proved contrary to staying loose and spontaneous with brushwork. I pulled it off, but it wasn't as "fun" as painting the first painting. The process of this assignment felt familiarly like my past illustration work in which all art is commissioned. I learned to appreciate my current freedom to paint those things that inspire me day to day. What a great joy and privilege!!!
6"x 8" Oil on gessoed board.
Commissioned work - sold