I had fun making the videos. But now it is time for a break. I am taking time to finish long-overdue commissions, and prepare for Art Trails, the open studio event held in October. I'd enjoy seeing you in my studio. I am not sure when I will resume making videos.
Also, as many of you know, I have left Gallery 1870 in Yountville. Paul, Kassia, Kim, and Gail are wonderful people, and they made the experience of being in a professional commercial gallery fun. The only reason I left was because my life priorities shifted. (Thank you, Paul and Kassia, for your supportive understanding.) In October, I turn 60. Ten years ago, I retired from a 28-year law enforcement career that was exciting, interesting, fulfilling, and at times, a lot of fun. I jumped full-time into creating art, and did that for almost ten years. What I didn't do was spend much time on my hobby - model railroading.
At 60, it is clear that there are more days behind me than in front of me. I have been building model railroads since I was ten, never having finished any of the layouts. I know, in reality, they are never finished no matter what you do. But I envisioned a fully landscaped layout on which I could run the locomotives and cars I've been collecting since 5th grade. Some of these cars were my grandfather's, and the oldest were built in the early 1930's at the beginning of HO scale model railroading.
I have shifted my focus to model railroading, with painting taking a back seat. I will continue to paint, and at times, offer them for sale. But my production will be significantly less than the last seven years, and will focus on promises to friends, commissions, and donations to important non-profits.
Thank you for your support in my art venture. It's not over; it's just a little bit slower, as am I....