I have a hard time some days believing that I am a decorative painter. I only took one art class in high school, way back when, and only took it because I had all my credits and thought why not! I was surprised how well I did! But, I never thought of myself as very good because my sister, my brother and my dad all had amazing artistic talent, and I thought I could never ever match up to them!
So when my son was two (he is 32 now) I decided to paint him some Mickey Mouse cut outs for his room. They turned out pretty awesome and I was hooked. Of course I only dabbled in it for years. I was, as I like to call myself, " a closet artist" I never put my stuff out there for anyone to see. If anyone asked me to do something for them "artistic" I would willingly but never thought much of my talent.
In the 90's I got more into painting. I never knew there were groups of people who loved to paint like me! I just did my thing at home, got my husband to cut out all my wood shapes, and painted for myself and for the occassional gift. I still lived in my own little world not knowing of all the people out there painting and teaching, what did I tell you "closet artist!" It wasn't until 2003 that I found SDP online, I thought, wow! I've been missing out! I couldn't wait to join! Then I looked for a chapter in my town and what do you know, yup, I joined! I have developed some of the best friends ever and we love painting together! I teach whenever asked.
Of course people don't believe me when I say I was so shy as a child I would hide behind my mother if anyone looked my way. I guess I got out of that as I matured! lol! I love to learn from other teachers, not only in my group, but any that I can oh! and don't forget the online teachers as well. There are so many different techniques of painting that I just soak up everything I can and try to pass it on as best I can.
My husband and I have been married almost 32 years. He is my biggest supporter of my painting endeavors and I know I couldn't do what I do without it or him! We have 3 amazing sons and 10 oh so smart and amazingly talented grandchildren (I'm not biased!) . I have the luxury of spending each day with two of our grandchildren, I am blessed.
So for me painting is my relaxing time. I get completely lost in it and loose all track of time! I really don't know what I'd do if I couldn't paint, I am very thankful for the talent God has blessed me with and the wonderful painting friends he has put in my life.
I hope if you are visiting my site you too can find painting as relaxing as I do and learn to enjoy every moment of "YOU" time!
Happy Painting to all!