I retired 16 years ago (I retired early!!!) and as a "hobby" I decided to follow a dream.  Actually how it came about, was, I was out walking with a friend and said, "I wish I could paint".  She said "why don't you".  I said, "because I can't".  Her answer was "Better to try and fail, than to die without trying at all"  So with that good advice I began my hobby which soon turned into, (my husband calls it a compulsion) my passion for painting.

I loved the look of watercolors and so, I bought paint, instruction books, paper and MUCH more.  The more "stuff" you have the better you are right?  Well after about long time of painting what I felt was MUD, one day I realized that I was starting to feel better about what I was doing.  By then I had a closet full of art books and materials, so that must be why I was having success.

So I ventured out with my work, hesitant to call myself an artist, feeling inadequate for the lack of a formal education in art.  I packed up my "stuff" and off to our Farmer's Market I went.  By that time I had pretty much loaded up the walls of friends and family.  If anyone said, "Oh I like that" it was theirs!!!  That day at the market I sold a couple of paintings, and was approached by the owner of a Mexican Restaurant in Terrace, B.C.and she encouraged me to hang paintings in the Restaurant.  I hung them on a Friday, called her on Monday, ready to pull them out, I had stressed all weekend about them, only to find I had sold 3 paintings.  So I was hooked.  So for 5 years, I painted and sold pretty steadily.

My husband and I love change in our lives, and once our 3 children were grown and gone, we were struck with wanderlust.  So we travelled around quite a bit, putting the painting aside. 

We have a condo in San Jose del Cabo, Baja, Mx, and spend our winters there.  It is just a little one bedroom condo, with not much room for a "studio".  I would pull out the paints periodically and have a little fun, but watercolors and Mexico just didn't seem to go together.  I needed BOLD and COLORFUL and so I started working with Acrylics.  After watercolors I felt as if I was cheating.  You could actually make a mistake and gesso over it...sometimes, gessoing over a whole painting.  And it dried so fast.  Did I mention I do everything with great speed?   I had found my niche.  I have a passion for flowers, and although friends and family keep saying why don't you do something different, I can and I have, but I don't love it.

So I have a "little" corner of the patio with my easel set up and a table for my paints, and stuff, and I spend many days out there happily painting my flowers.

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Comment by Ev McTaggart on March 30, 2012 at 3:25pm

Sounds like me! Only friends and family had ever seen my painting until a year and a half ago. Someone encouraged me to enter an juried art show.  Now I'm selling. I still have  problems parting with a painting I like, though--especially if it's a large one I've spent a lot of time on. It's like it's my child.  Ha ha.

And seriously, I think you ought to do Poppy in Red on a huge canvas--at least 24" x 24". It's brilliant!

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