So far most of my painting has focused more or less on landscape type subjects since my home is surrounded by many lovely natural spaces which afford an endless supply of spectacular scenery. And although my skill level is clearly not yet up to the task of doing the local landscapes justice, it is certainly fun to practice trying.
But in the spirit of full disclosure, another reason I've tended to focus on landscapes is because I've been a bit afraid of attempting to paint animals. It's scary thinking about trying to capture the personality of a living, breathing, sentient being, and up until now I've avoided trying to tackle such a difficult subject. However, there is no time like the present, so I decided to just go ahead and give it a try. Expressive, beautiful and mysterious, cats are also, I believe, an extremely difficult subject to paint. My own kitty, Venus, watched over me while I painted today (as she always does), and being able to watch her while I worked and catch the nuances of her expressions and movements was a huge help to me. I'm very excited to continue practicing sketching and painting animals, and hopefully eventually gaining the ability to truly capture the expressiveness and spirit of these wondrous beings.
As for the Word of Thanks - It was pure serendipity that I discovered the website of an author and artist located thousands of miles away. I have never met Robert Sloan and likely never will, but his kindness and willingness to help a struggling beginner artist has given me so much. He has been a constant source of encouragement and support, providing useful and compassionate critique along with expert advice and suggestions. His reviews on art supplies have helped me figure out the best and most cost effective materials for my current skill level, and his kind but honest feedback is invaluable in helping me grow as an artist. I'm sure I also speak for countless other thousands of artists who have benefited from his willingness to share his knowledge, both through his website and on the Wet Canvas forums when I offer Robert a tremendous and heartfelt Thank You!
Now in my fifth month of drawing and painting, I've found both the art community and especially creating art itself to be such a source of joy. My only regret is missing out for over 50 years! Now that I've discovered the world of art and how wonderfully therapeutic it is, I can't imagine letting a week go by without drawing or painting. And even if everyone in the entire universe should feel that I'm the worst artist ever, that is totally okay with me - yes, I'm having that much fun!