Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Recharging the Batteries

I haven't been painting much in the past few months. Sometimes I can get a bit obsessive about one passion and completely avoid the other. But with the kids back in school, I decided that I can't ignore the day job anymore. When I'm procrastinating, the studio at the bottom of the stairs sometimes feels like it's miles away. 

But to tell the truth, it always feels really nice to paint again after some time away. I've been feeling a little bit burned out with all the writing that I've been doing (maybe writing two books in one summer was too big a goal for me), so it feels nice to switch to an entirely visual outlet. 

What do you do to recharge your batteries?

Here's a piece I just finished for a commission that I really ended up liking (now let's hope the clients like it as much as I do).


  1. Very pretty! I'm sure your clients will love it.

    When I need to recharge, I read--and sleep. There's never enough sleep. :)

  2. I don't know what I'd do if I had only one ability. I was doing portraits like they were going out of style. Then I burned myself out and starting looking around in a panic wondering what's next. Since I've recently run out of something new to learn, (it's always about learning) I now have two gallons of wall paint staring at me.

  3. Beautiful!

    Two books in one summer??!!? Wow!

  4. Wow! Gorgeous work, Kate!!! I can see why people commission you to paint!