by Sharon Whitley the Rambling Artist
It was when I did this painting for the Jean Haines shell challenge last year that I got the motivation to paint again after a dry period. After I did this painting it wasn't long before I was on a roll again, and back to painting regularly and dare I say it with a renewed vigour and more confidence. Jean sent me a lovely e mail message about this painting, as she does to every single artist who has a try at her challenges. In her email to me she wrote
Hang in there, slumps are healing times that thankfully pass and lead us into far brighter times of painting, and life!
Lean on your painting because it will pull you through.
What a lovely lady she is to take the time to write such a personal message to someone she has never met and I've never forgotten her words, she is so right, never give up because you've lost inspiration, it will come back and I truly believe art is a great healer and therapy. It has certainly helped me cope through some difficult times this last year. So I'm not too worried about this recent dry period as I'm sure I'll get back into it and get that flow back - and hopefully get some confidence back ..... that is as long as I don't spend too much time blogging and not enough time painting!