To everyone who responded about my painting:
Thank you so much for all the compliments and kind words! Please pat yourselves on the back, this painting was truly inspired by all of you.
To answer some of your questions:
Yes, I do art professionally. But it is primarily graphic art that I make my living on. My whole family does art with the exception of my mother – who says she can’t draw a stick figure. There are only two of us in the family however who make a living in the art field. I have been drawing and painting all my life. I don’t recall a time that I wasn’t. It was my mom’s best babysitter – a stack of paper and a pencil!
This is my first fire painting, but I enjoyed it so much I’m already starting another. It’s going to be depicting “THE DRAGON”. I’d love to share it with you when I get it done.
I have never done anything abstract. I really like abstract art but I have never conquered the ability to loosen up. One of my old art teachers once laughed and said I was a lost cause when painting with watercolor because I always wanted to control it. He happened to be an exceptional watercolorist.
In the past, I have mostly painted portraits – people and animals – on commission. My job has taken me away from painting the last few years and this painting is the first one I have done in three years. So, thanks again to all of you – you jumpstarted me into painting again!
If I were you I wouldn’t feel jealous at all. I can’t imagine what could be more fun for a firefighter than a woman who could blow things up. Just imagine the possibilities of doing your own fire behavior experiments in the kitchen during the winter months!
Thanks again everyone,
PS. Ab’s thanks for the new handle.
Welcome back Artista.