Although my life is relatively simple, my job has been getting busier these days. And yet, I am glad that I was able to go out painting.
"I am too busy to do ....." is a typical excuse people use. However, no one, maybe 0.1 % of those who use the phrase is actually busy. The rest of 99.9 % are not busy. They think they are busy. But they are not. They are just not willing to do it subconsciously if not consciously. I am trying not to to be the majority of 99.9%.
This Sunday, I grabbed my oil painting tools and a folding easel, then hit the Bronx river trail in White Plains, NY. This time , although it was a muggy day, I walked further than before until I found a good spot. There was a small reward, a little friend welcomed me on the spot.
It was hot, but not too hot if you are under the shade of trees, which I was. Because I started my practice of "En plein air" during summer in southern France, I have no fear for painting under heat.
I always choose a spot where you see no or few people walking by. However, even when you paint at a spot of low-traffic, almost always one person (or one couple, or one family) come to talk to you during 2 or 3 hours of painting session. No more, no less, always one. Interesting, isn't it?
This time, a young couple with a kid came by to check my painting. When people come to see your painting, they usually give you a compliment, no matter how good (or bad) your painting is. But when the young mother said,
"Wow, it's good. Are you going to sell it?"
I hope that she meant it.
I spent many years for watercolor painting. Oil is still a new medium to me. But I enjoy learning it, I truly do.