I kick-started a new blog today - a weekly call for entries to all the painters, drawers, etchers out there in our huge community of artists on the web. It was inspired by Mona Conner, who painted her own version of my dog Jack and mentioned there might be more pouring in from fellow painters. It really touched me and I'd like to make this our first challenge - to take my photograph, which will be posted every Wednesday, and run with it.
I want you to enjoy it, not sweat it. Take an hour, take five hours. Whatever you want. Turn the photo upside down and paint it. Crop it. Add, subtract, embellish or fade the colors. Jump in the waters. Don't be shy. We all need a little inspiration and it's interesting to see the same scene through different eyes.
And dozens of paintings of Jack would make me happy. I can't deny that.