I haven't painted in almost two weeks. When I squeezed the paints out onto my palette, I had a feeling of greeting old friends.
I decided that since I'm so rusty, I'd try painting some quick studies of a red plum that was in my fruit bowl. One thing I learned was that I didn't like the effect of lightening the reds with white. I started using yellow to lighten the reds, and I like that much better.
I really want to thank everyone for all their kind comments while I've been out of the loop. My husband is getting better each day. Both of us are still pretty tired, though.