It can get VERY LONELY painting alone during the long grey winter, without feedback from any one. Now that I am working in a studio on my property, I don't even get the occasional "that looks good" from my husband when he returns from his office. Now I have people to talk ART with! Many have taken workshops, and are happy to share the nuggets of wisdom that they take away from their classes.
This is CAROL JOSEFIAK, one of my new friends. She is a wiz at MARKETING and is encouraging us all to get going on the internet and INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST, FACEBOOK and DAILY PAINTWORKS. Oh, and did I mention BLOG? She and her husband John are generous with information and encouragement, oh and they are RIGHT FUNNY. Carol is a brilliant painter and extremely FAST. http://caroljosefiak.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html
Here is John at work, and here is a painting I did of him at work. I couldn't
find an outside view, so I painted him painting. He remained relatively still.
So, I do suggest finding a GROUP to paint with. We have a rotating attendance that makes each session unique. I might add that this is an extremely FRIENDLY group that likes to encourage one another. I found this group in a town about 35 minutes from where I live, and I find each week to be invigorating. I am grateful that PATTY OBRIEN organizes it and comes up with places for us to paint. Our only criteria is THAT THERE IS A BATHROOM on site. I don't always leave with a completed painting, but the company and new ideas exchanged are worth the drive any day.