I still have to constantly remind myself that this is not a time for exulting and rejoicing and prancing about, enjoying the freedom that comes with no longer waking at dawn and baking all day. This is the time for making the most of the freedom that I now have to turn this opportunity into a life-long career as a painter. So far, all is going well, and I have been selling work and getting commissions for paintings. Life can be an arse sometimes, and the ups and downs of life can do their best to get in the way...but "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, And meet those two impostors just the same"...then all shall be well. Don't be fooled by luck and imagine it to be necessarily deserved (but still grab it firmly with both hands), but when hard work pays off DO congratulate yourself. This is what I try to bear in mind. Similarly, I try to view 'disasters' in the same fashion. Christmas and the new year were awful times in my personal life...but even the events of that period have led on to better things for all concerned. It made me realise...sometimes something that is 'not as it should be' has to be removed, or moved on from, in order to make room for the perfect. The same applies for painting, as it does with 'real life'.
Above: Canoe trip along the river, from Horstead. Oil on canvas. 40 cm x 40 cm.