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.

Views: 52

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!


You need to be a member of The Art Colony to add comments!

Join The Art Colony


New to the site? Check out our Guide to Getting Started.

Please take a moment to read our Member Guidelines. Thanks!

Need help?

If you need assistance with this site, please visit the Site Help forum where the moderators and/or other members will assist you.


The Art Colony is a fun online art community for artists of all abilities working in painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture and handicrafts! Join us and share your art, ask questions, receive tips, and make new friends!


It is 100% FREE to join the Art Colony and always will be!


Artist and Owner of The Art Colony                      

The Art Colony is co-run by a fabulous team of enthusiastic moderators:






© 2019   Created by Jane Miles. All Rights Reserved.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service