Passion for Painting

Cultivated land 005

This is the painting project I am currently working on. It was designed by Anne Hunter and appeared in The Decorative Painter, Issue 1, 2010. Ms. Hunter is the kind of designer I would like to be if I could draw.

My first passion is decorative painting. I have been painting since 1990 after I set out to live on my own. My sister and I were visiting the shop of a local painter and I really loved a welcome heart she had on the wall. I asked my sister if she’d paint it for me, knowing I would never receive it from her. So I started taking classes. I’m retired now and nearly every day I spend time painting something.

I live in a very small cottage at Indian Lake, Ohio. From my kitchen windows, I have a wonderful view of the lake which I love. I’ve set my kitchen table in front of the windows and made that my “studio.” This means that every time I’m warned in advance that I’m going to get company, I have to stash all my painting stuff in the back room.

My infamous back room is chock full of things to paint. I call it my 401k, hoping it holds its value better than the economy. You will never see a photo of my back room. I warn everyone who visits that if they open that door, they will be struck blind. I make occasional stabs at organizing it, but then I have to clean up the kitchen in a hurry and everything gets stashed in the back room. Then I have to start all over again. My 401k consists of:

65 canvases, all different sizes, cataloged and on two closet shelves 3 shelving units full of wooden things to paint

a small 4-shelf unit with only papier-mâché items

1 top shelf in the laundry room holding wooden items cut out in 1992

2 large totes completely full of wooden ornaments

1 smaller tote full of metal things

Can you tell that I subscribe to the philosophy that she who dies with the most things to paint wins?

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3 thoughts on “Passion for Painting

  1. Very brave to catalog your stash. My philosophy is “if it makes you happy it’s all ok”. You have all those possibilities and that ‘s a good thing!

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