It's amazing how much you can forget over a short amount of time if you're not careful, especially so with art. Part of the reason I got into a rut with my painting was because instead of experimenting I fell into a groove that I became comfortable with. Without realizing it I eventually became bored with it. I've been working on a commission off and on for the past four months, becoming more and more bored with each session. It hit me what I've been missing for so long, it wasn't a challenge and therefore not inspiring me anymore. Like I said in an earlier blog 2007 was my best year for painting. I was on an adventure with my art that I eventually fell out of. Yesterday I rediscovered what I had been missing. It almost felt like I'd been reborn. I'm at work right now and I can't wait to get home and get back to work on it. It's been along time since I looked forward to working on a piece instead of dreading it. It feels great. The person I'm doing this commission for is probably wondering if I'm ever going to finish it. It will be soon now. Even if they decide they don't want it it will still be worth it just for the artistic rebirth I've experienced with it. I've discovered that the longer you don't paint or experiment may cause you to forget things and bury them with repetition and useless information making it harder to recover them when you start painting again. The artistic path is filled with many pitfalls but the few moments of insight are bliss and well worth it. I feel like a Phoenix rising from the Ashes.