I haven't been painting much lately, partly thanks to my daughter. She just started high school, marches in the marching band, joined her school's golf team, etc. I figured that this was the last chance to get involved in her school activities and decided to volunteer as much as I could, which is a good thing, but also time-consuming and tiring.
Whenever I tried to paint, I found myself tightening up. The summer-long project of working on old paintings, I fear, made me lazy. Well, fixing an old painting is not as hard or nerve-wrecking as starting a painting from scratch, you see. It's not as exciting either. I kind of lost my mojo in the process.
I mean to rectify the situation, get back into my form, and start painting like a maniac again. "Yellow Roses" is from a photo I took of my neighbor's roses last April. I could have worked at it for two more hours to make it "perfect". My goal was, however, to loosen up, to get excited about painting again.