On the Lid, 2007, oil on canvas, 10 x 9 inchesIt has been long over due! Finaly the first "show" piece since October. I have been painting in the months since then, but it has all been small oil sketches. As many of you know it was a very hard time for me during the last couple of months of 2006 all through February of the present year. As soon as the dust settled I set up my studio space in the new apartment and started work on this painting, which was originally intended to be a smaller egg tempera on panel piece. Not so long ago I realized that I was not a tempera painter and decided that it would be best for me to stick to what I know and do best; oil painting. Not producing these more finished paintings for a while resulted in many doubts. I ran into some problems after starting this canvas and I was not sure if I was going to finish it. I thought I was heading for failure. But as stubborn as I am I kept going at it until I saw something that would please me. Things started to click and once I got an idea of where I was heading with this piece there was no turning back. Now that I've completed this small painting I feel so much better. I'm very excited to start working on the next painting. There are so many ideas I have been storing since last year that I don't know where to start. What ever it is I do next I'm sure I'm going to have fun with it, now that the fear of "Oh my God I forgot how to paint" is gone.