I haven't painted in almost two months and it wasn't all about getting ready for my show, although there was much of that. On Valentine's Day a family member passed away and he will be missed. I spent time visiting my mother and wish we lived closer.
Taking time off from painting had its benefits. I reread The Art of Seeing and Painting by Henry Hensche. Many years ago I read it. I understand it at a different level now. He reminded me what painting is about, getting the color right, understanding colors in different and changing light conditions and not painting when tired. I'm going to try to find a place in my house with natural light and also step away from my painting when tired, to come back with fresh eyes.
I think I grew even though I feel out of practice. I'm anxious to get back to painting and lose myself in the process again.