Okay, so being a writer, mom and wife doesn’t always lend itself to having spare time. At the EDJ I’m apt to say I have no spare time. It takes up a lot of time to have a job during the day, to write at night and to have a family. Sometimes it doesn’t balance out. Most of the time I manage to juggle everything.
So what do I do when I have this elusive spare time? I went to school to be an art teacher. I did. I like to draw and ever since I was a kid, I’ve been good at it. I used to amuse friends with drawings and sculptures. When I got older, I really worked at my craft to be the best artist I can be. Am I a great artist? I’m not sure. Those who have seen it think it’s pretty good, but hey, I know I’ve got wiggle room.
So what do I like to work on? I love to work in pastels, aka oil crayons. I love the feel of blending the colors together to add dimension and excitement. Plus, it’s fun to see how the colors will come together and make new colors.
I’m fond of painting as well. I love the focus it takes to translate a model or a photograph into a memory other’s can treasure. I love the challenge of getting the right color combination before the paint dries. You’d be shocked at how fast a dollop of acrylic paint can dry when you’re in the middle of painting a pug dog. It’s fast.
My favorite subject? Animals and people. People because you’re capturing someone’s essence. It’s fun to try to show the personality of the individual. And then there are animals. I usually work on those from pictures. I don’t know any animals who will sit still, not the ones I have anyway. Creating art based on them sleeping is kind of fun, but then they don’t always sleep still either. Animals have the best personality to convey in a work. The tongue hanging from the side of the mouth, the particular way they lay, the way they cock their head, it all makes them unique. That’s fun, putting all that into a painting.
My favorite? I’m biased, but it’s one I did for my Dh. Way back when we were in college, he got me a cat. By the time I created the drawing for our anniversary a few years later, the cat had passed—he had bad kidneys—so I made a drawing of the animals we had, including our totlet, who is quite a bit older now. It was a labor of love and I will always cherish it.
That’s my other passion, my free time taker-upper. I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into my passion.