The creative journey of an artist inspired by animals and life by the sea

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Shifting Brain Gears

This Christmas I was so pleased with myself to have gotten all my commissions completed ahead of time.  Then I got a last minute call asking if I would have time to paint a Boykin Spaniel.  Sure!  I had some great shots to work from that the client sent from his phone and was able to complete the painting in time for his trip home to South Carolina.  Phew...another Christmas painting done "just under the wire"!  I try to balance my artwork with a part time job that is the polar opposite of being an "artist".  Sometimes it can be difficult when I have a painting deadline to meet.  My part time job in a bank requires the side of my brain that I prefer not to use when happily painting away as "Artsy Gail".  Shifting brain gears this year was a mental challenge, but I did it!  The completed painting of this Boykin Spaniel was a watercolor on Arches Watercolor Board with an 8 ply rag matting.  On to the next mental challenge!

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