It all started in Vietnam in 2008
I started really being serious about my painting in Vietnam in 2008.
Sure, I had retired the end of 2007 which finally gave me real time to paint. And sure, a friend and valued painting coach had talked about setting goals, so I decided that I had to produce the equivalent of a painting a week. [There might be some weeks with nothing, but then there had to be other weeks with more, or a minimum of 52 per year.]
But it was the wonderful vacation to Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong and Bangkok that my husband and I took in 2008 that got me really serious about painting. It was 18 packed days, no time to paint, but boy did I take pictures! And the minute I got back I started painting: 6 paintings of Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap in Cambodia, and 7 paintings of China Beach, Ha Long Bay, rice paddies and the Perfume River in Vietnam. Just looking at those paintings takes me back…
And I’ve been looking at them because the Curator at The Interchurch Center in upper Manhattan (61 Claremont at 120th Street one block west of Broadway) has selected 4 of my Vietnam paintings to be in an exhibit there during September. Of course, he also picked 11 additional paintings based on other trips I’ve taken (most notably Iceland and China) and my travels within the US.
So it was the trip to Vietnam that started me on the path: traveling, photographing, and then painting. And here are two of my four Vietnam paintings which will be in the exhibit:
More about the exhibit as it gets closer.