I found a book in the library here where I'm staying which has reprimanded and challenged me. I think I knew before, but only while reading it admitted to myself that the reason I quit painting was not lack of time and change of interest, but boredom due to lack of artistic growth. I had become stagnant and lost confidence that I could produce anything interesting.
The reprimand is that breakthroughs come to those who are diligently working. (Not to wishful thinkers.)
The challenge is two-fold: to try something new, and to find how to say what I want to say in each painting. I had brought painting materials with me (after the BGAA Spring Show I'm always more enthusiastic about art) and had already begun a painting in my usual laboriously realistic style. After reading the book, I set it aside to do something new.
In "Two Old Friends," I have a more imaginative use of color than usual. I have for the first time used transparent watercolor and acrylic on the same painting, and I believe I have succeeded in suggesting the "magical" feel I get in the woods.