It has been two years since I began to paint full time. And by that I mean painting at least 3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week. At first, the idea was to paint and keep painting--somewhat like a daily practice. I chose images to paint that held memories. I painted what I saw and what I felt.
Over the past two years I have expanded as an artist. The subjects I have been choosing are more rooted in in the present. The colors I am using are more vibrant, I am choosing to painting people--almost drawn to painting them and I am not sure why. I am moving away the "realism" style with which I began two years ago.
I have also changed living locations. I have moved from Miami, Florida to Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. It was a good move and I am much more comfortable in the Northeast. I love the weather, the trees, the architecture and find more images I want to express on canvas.
I continue to paint with the schedule as before and find it fulfilling and challenging. I work on two or three canvases at a time, allowing one to dry as I rotate to another. I do get "lost" when I paint. I go somewhere, but not sure where.
There are times I do have that itch to be back in a classroom setting. I do miss that excitement and level of "unexpectedness". But I have no regrets to the decision I have made to concentrate on art.