For the last week I have been painting again with oils outside in front of the garage where I keep an easel and table with a big pallette on top. I get apprehensive about beginning again but as soon as I begin painting again I feel at home. I like to listen to music on a loaner Ipod I found in the house which is my muse and I paint towards the late afternoon and early evening because the day is coolest at that time. The above picture is the beginning of a new painting that I am doing of a child of a friend of ours in Port Perry. Sam takes pictures of my subjects and I get them enlarged at the local grocery store. I have been painting on board or masonite which I find is a smoother surface than canvas. The canvas in the painting above I made myself using the ends of a crate we had in our patio garden in California and then cut a piece of board to fit. I made two that are identical in size. The other I did a painting of Isabella that I will soon be putting into my esty shop to sell. Sam and I have been working together to give attention to making art. Sam gets the morning hours through the afternoon until 3 pm and I get the hours after until dusk. Today it has been raining since early this morning so if I do not get to paint, I may be working on some little watercolors which I have been doing in my off moments. The watercolors are abstracts that I get to play around with color, line and composition.