06/12/2006: "Watercolor painting is not like riding a bike"
I'm home after 4 connecting flights and 22 hours of travel... the weather is exactly the same here on Douglas Island Alaska as it was on the Big Island of Hawaii! (Clear skies in the low 80s)
After checking my email I realized that 3 people had purchased prints while I was away (YEAH!); Now I have to get them mailed ASAP, as well as 2 paintings I should have mailed before I left town, plus it's already back to work tomorrow! I may call in and ask for one more day off (pretty please!)
Oh, I've made a decision too...I really really really want to finish a novel. I say "finish" because I've started loads of them. Starting a novel is a piece of cake, but I want to try and become as disciplined with writing as I am with painting and actually finish something.
Which reminds me: I have several paintings I need to finish for people, most importantly that book cover I've been putting off! So I guess I'll wait until tomorrow to post some photos (but not paintings) from my trip. What I learned in Hawaii is that after years of private lessons as a youth, I now possess vestigial talents in watercolor:
Actual reinactment from the Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
Tourist: "may I see what you're painting there?"
Artist: "I don't think so"
Tourist: "oh come on, pleeeeaaaase"
Artist: "it's not any good, trust me"
Tourist: "I may want to buy it!"
Artist: "no you won't"
Tourist: "just let me see it"
Artist: "fine" (reveals mutinous puddles of coagulated paint)
Tourist: "oh" (turns and exits without another word)
Artist: "Don't forget to pick up some souvenir lava rocks!"