Wednesday, March 25, 2009

500 Paintings!

"Wyoming Winter"
18 X 19, watercolor on 140# Arches Rough

This painting, "Wyoming Winter," is the 500th painting I have done since I started painting about six years ago!

No fanfare. No confetti. No cheering crowd. No parade.

Just quiet contentment. And the satisfaction of seeing that this painting is much better than the ones I was doing when I first started.

In a culture that promotes instant success, overnight wonders, and fast food, it's no surprise that we hurry with everything and are impatient when things take longer than our short attention spans can manage.

I am not an overnight wonder. No idiot savant (no comments from the peanut gallery, please!). No "born artist."

But I am a hard worker. And it's great to celebrate painting #500 today. Life is good.


Carrie said...

Yeaaaaaayyyyyyyy, Wa Hoo!

Celeste Bergin said...

congratulations on your 500th is lovely piece..!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Thank you!

Brenda Boylan said...

Wow! How did you keep count? Did you number on the back? I started doing that, but I lost count at number 8.
Awesome accomplishment, and a happy, warm fuzzy feeling that must be!

G. Lindwood said...

Well done! It's a beautiful painting with a nice sense of distance. 500 pieces under your belt already - impressive!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Thanks for your comments!

I haven't been consistent about writing the number on the back of the painting (sometimes no number, sometimes number on the tape holding the glassine, sometimes painting in the trash!) but I have been consistent about taking photos and keeping track of them in a journal.

Angie said...

Congratulations! It is obvious that you love the craft and are dedicated to the process of learning and doing it as much as you can. We know that you work hard. You seem to enjoy what you do, and that is what matters the most!


Angie and Bruce