I need to take breaks, frequently, from the easel. Stepping away, focusing on something else, then taking a glance over my shoulder to the easel to see if the past hour or so was a complete waste. I used to take it pretty hard when the painting was struggling. I used to think everything needed to be fixed now, but I’ve learned that it’s wiser to wait about 24 to 48 hours to pass. I no longer experience the feeling of wanting to stick my foot through the canvas. I think I must be getting older.

I’m lucky to be doing what I do. Those nasty news headlines about hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs, joining the millions that already have… well, I guess no matter what, I won’t lose this painter life.

At the bank, I was cornered by the well meaning manager. Several brochures were lunged in to my reluctant hands and questions about my retirement were posed. I just finished telling her I was a painter, an artist, you know, like back in the olden days. I won’t retire. I’ll keep doing the same thing until the bitter end. And I already save so I’m not worried and that’s because I’m really cheap, just ask my wife.

That did not compute with banker. Artist does not understand the rules.


  1. DarkCity says:

    Hi! Christopher Stott,
    Yes, I’am the blogger, whom asked you if I could feature your beautiful “Wyeth”(My word, but of course!) inspired paintings on my blogs. Nothing, but compliments abound from other bloggers about your beautiful realist (realism) paintings.
    Btw, a really very interesting story that you just related, being an artist, I can relate to your story.

    Christopher Stott said, “well, I guess no matter what, I won’t lose this painter life.”

    If you continue to paint in the “fashion” or “manner” that you do…I don’t think so!”

    Take care!
    Dcd ;-D

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