In another life, I painted. For a living and for fun and on a whim.
I used to paint clothing for a job for two different people, and then for myself in my early 20′s. And I was a Fine Arts major in college, so I painted for fun and education too. I painted murals for people. I even painted my car.
Then the children came. Over this next part of my life, painting has taken on a much more practical application. Usually in the form of walls.
The other day I found a few chairs on freecycle, and an idea hit me. I have always wanted to paint an “art” chair. So what was stopping me?
My inspiration for this one is an old favorite board book (Bear in a Square) from when The Bee was small. It had made such an impression on me that I can still see in my mind the bright colors and patterns the illustrator used, a whole 14 years later.
I forgot all the things that I love about painting. Like picking it up whenever I have a spare moment or two. It is a very forgiving craft and fairly easy to leave and come back to. Very portable too. I did some of this on our kitchen counter while drinking coffee and eating a brownie. I did have to use a fork to eat, though, to avoid painting my food. Ha!
Have you painted before? Do you paint now?
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