When I posted in my blog for NaNoBlogMo last year and mentioned that I am not much of a painter, but still enjoy it, my good friend Rose said that we should get together and paint sometime. Being a lady of her word, she and her hubby (Jesse, also a good friend of mine) came up for a visit and I received a present: everything I needed to make a nice painting (including a palette, paints, brushes, canvas, etc) in a lovely wood box. One of the days of their visit, we set everything up in the living room to spend a day painting. My easel that I received for Christmas years ago from my parents got dusted off and readjusted.
For inspiration, I thumbed through a book my mother got in Beijing years ago with different pictures of the Great Wall. The day we painted was a long time ago, so I can't remember the details too much, but I believe that Rose suggested or gave some advice that lead me to pick this picture as a good one to start with.
The epilogue to this story is that I haven't painted since that day. I am pretty sure painting will continue to be something that I thoroughly enjoy....once in a blue moon.