Inspiration And A Plan

12 Mar

Painting and being more artistic, whatever that means, has always been a big part of my retirement vision. It’s funny how I’ve had this corner of my brain where I put things for “some day” when I am no longer working. Of course that vision has changed with actual retirement. (Now Is As Good A Time As Any). Joining with other painters for Rendezvous 2015 and 2017 was fun and pushed me to paint but I returned home with no idea how to continue. No clear plan in retirement means trolling Facebook and playing solitaire  

When my dear friend Alison (Deva Designs, San Antonio), posted an invitation by artist extraordinaire Connie Solera to participate in a 21-day paint along, I jumped at the chance. I respond well to pressure and structure.


I’m all about self-exploration  and making peace with whatever is getting in my way. After all, what else have I got to do? In this case my body seemed like a good healing target. Lots of material there.


LUNGS for the kicker.

My first day was a blast. I never would have thought to paint lungs. I went in for the medical illustration, a career that I would have loved if I knew it existed. I have recently discontinued all asthma medication thanks to my Mexican pulmonologist. Woohoo I can breathe!



A shout out to my Catholic roots. This time however, it’s MY Sacred Heart with no thorns, thank you very much.



A bit more playful this time with a selfie in the bathroom mirror. This may be my favorite so far.



I started with an X-ray of my pelvis from a fall of a couple of years ago. This painting really took on a life of its own. Some days you have to get out of the way and let the creativity flow.



My other retrospection of late has been my relationship with God. This painting is from a pendant, a hamsa, which represents “the Hand of God”.  I like hand images and have a few.



Feet are not the easiest subject. I did notice that I hit a wall with each painting, doubting my skill, doubting myself. Mmmm I wonder how often I do that?!



I chose to celebrate the hug, the hugger and the huggie. My life would be so much less without them. My biggest lesson so far has been that I don’t need to compare myself to the other artists. My work (or play) is my own. Please visit, comment and share at #21emBODY on Instagram and Facebook to see the amazing art being produced by participants of this challenge.



12 Responses to “Inspiration And A Plan”

  1. Isa Markland March 12, 2017 at 10:54 am #

    I have so enjoyed your creativity in your paintings! And I appreciate your willingness to share on fb. Love you!

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 March 12, 2017 at 11:46 am #

      I’m glad to produce, share, connect part of myself and that it gives you pleasure. Looking forward to catching up.


  2. Caroline March 12, 2017 at 12:33 pm #

    Such a wonderful project, it is fun to see you blossom into your own style. You are so right, never compete with other artist, because you, all by yourself, are most unique! Love your use of color, and the spikey hairdo you give your image! Keep it up.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 March 12, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

      Kind words from the artista suprema.


  3. LJones March 12, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

    Love this!!! I’m just now here – next door🌴 Love to you three💗See you soon😍

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nancy March 13, 2017 at 5:45 am #

    Alex, these are REALLY good! I love your perspective and play. You’re really good, girl! Keep up the good work/play!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Loren Ericksen March 14, 2017 at 7:38 am #

    Art helps wash away the shoulds and oughts in my mind and sets it free. I so enjoyed your art and how you created based around a subject …. thank you!l


    • afish25 March 14, 2017 at 8:45 am #

      I’m glad you enjoyed my work. The #21emBody challenge has been so much fun.


  6. Karen Hodgens March 19, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

    Beautiful color and composition

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 March 19, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

      Thanks Karen, I didn’t know I had it in me.


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