Well, here we are. Easter has come and gone and some days I feel as if I'm taking one step forward and two steps back with my artwork.

I met a lady at an Easter dinner who had been told by someone present, that I was a artist.I chuckled modestly and said I didn't know if I would really qualify as an artist or not.

She said she had been painting for about twenty years and was still paying for weekly lessons. She asked to see some of my work. I hesitantly showed a few pieces that I had stored on my phone.

She seemed genuinely flabbergasted when I told her.I had only been painting three and a half months. I don't know if she was pulling my leg or just trying to make me feel good, but she said that my pictures were far better than hers. But I have come to realize that I am never completely satisfied with my pictures so that might be the case with her.

Someone told me that I might sell more if I started doing portraits. My reply was. But if I don't enjoy painting portraits, what's the point? This is suppose to be fun, right?

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Comment by Bette-Jane Schnabel on April 26, 2014 at 6:32pm

Hi Ronnie!

When people ask me what I do....I reply.."Oh, I am an artist!" lol I do spend most of my time drawing, so?? We can be anything we want to be! When I am writing my stories...then I am an artist and writer! Sometimes, I believe it!! 

I store some of my art in my phone, too. People LOVE it........almost want to have a printer attached to sell them on the spot. :) I have decided it is not how much I do...nor how good others think it is...but rather, f I fall in love with the feelings for it? And I do! Sometimes, I want to take back what I give away. I gave my daughter 3 very special ones....one fell off the wall in her daughter's room....so not up. I am going to rob her and sneek back to my place, hahaha! 

If you don't like portraits...do not do them. But...you are unreal for only painting 4 months! You have so much talent!! Let yourself go..........what did they say....Grandma Moses started at 92? I am looking forward to old age and being better!

Have a good weekend!!


Comment by Therese McHugh Pratt on April 29, 2014 at 6:49am

My goodness! What a huge gift you have.  I love your work. I don't have your talent, but I do hav a passion for art, and am looking forward to imminbt retiremnt to focus on it. You have so ispired me. Thank you, and all the best for your continuing work.


Comment by Ronnie Egerton on April 30, 2014 at 2:38am

Thanks Ladies for your sweet and generous remarks!

Comment by Kat on May 2, 2014 at 7:07pm

Ronnie, your art is awesome, keep going no matter what people say!  You too Bette-Jane!!

Comment by dee harris on May 23, 2014 at 12:31am

ronnie...my 2 cents...lol. i love that you've only been doing the work for a brief time. makes everything you do sweeter. i've loved art my whole life, but been too busy w life to just do stuff that made me happy. what i discovered once i started was that i'd been producing work in my head all along. i'd been teaching myself about color, shading, shapes, lines,etc. i just didn't have the time to articulate what i was learning. when i gave myself permission to do art decades later, i discovered that i had picked up quite a bit.  your work is stunning; never quit. and do what YOU love.


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