So it's been a really long time (about 2 months) since I did any painting. Two months is a really, really long time for me, considering I used to do a small painting nearly every day.
But then we moved, and I don't know how many of you have actually had to sell your house to move, not just move from a rental, but it is a HUGE deal. It took up pretty much my whole life for about 6 months! There was so much organizing, purging, fixing, cleaning, painting, etc. to get ready for people to walk through our house so we could sell it. And then there was the hunting for a new house. Ugh. Well that part was fun, but the rest was pretty much a nightmare!
I told my husband the only way I am every moving again is if we are able to get some land so I can have a horse at home.
And luckily with our new house we have all the space we need for our family and could even add to our little clan if we want to now.
So that's a good thing.
In any case, the point of this journal was to say that with all these changes, and the recent and surprising success of my clay creatures, I've decided to cut way back on paintings. I was so burned out on commissions that I just could not even stand the sight of a brush anymore. It literally made me shudder. All my life I've been an artist, drawing and painting, and for the last 11 years or so I've been a professional artist, making a modest living with my paintings. And for the last four of those years I've been a daily painter. And while painting a small painting every day was very good for both increasing my skill level, and my business, it also burned me out A LOT.
Now I'm in my new home, the Christmas rush is over, and I have no painting commissions waiting so I'm free to paint when and if I want to. So that's exactly what I'm going to do.
In the meantime I am of course going to be sculpting little animals a lot. That has really been a joyful reprieve from the stresses of portrait commissions and something that I look forward to every day. So I'll be sure to be posting those a lot, and occasionally a painting here and there.
That's actually the whole reason I wrote this post, to lament about my inability to change my user name from crystalcookart to tumblecreatures. Apparently you have to have a fancy premium membership for such foolishness.