April 4, 2013

Hope Knows no Bounds

I want to paint - in spite of the fact that I seem to have no talent to paint. Yet paint instructors, paint instruction books and others invested in painters share the mantra that "we all have the ability to paint." After taking several painting and drawing classes, reading many books on the subject, and purchasing carts of supplies, this optimistic idea has yet to be proven to me. In spite of my history of failure with painting thus far, I did feel a spark of hope* while using watercolor paints with 3-year-old Maia the other day.

Here's what we produced:

As Picasso said - and Maia's work supports - "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

I don't know at what point in my life the artist in me left but I really want her back!

As Maia and I painted together, I was amazed at her confidence and how she went at the work without hesitation. She dipped her brush and fingers in the paints and applied it all to the paper resulting in, what seems to me, a very beautiful and energetic composition! I sat for some time staring at my paper before I could even choose a color! I have a feeling Maia is going to be my most inspiring instructor.

In the meantime, I'm thrilled to actually recognize the figures I had intended to produce and I consider this a promising step forward as it had never really occurred before! Obviously, I have a long row to hoe, but, you know, hope is the thing with feathers...

*hope: the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. dictionary.com


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  2. I had to delete my comments, as I had to many grammatical errors......just wanted to say how I think painting is a talent worth pursuing for everyone. I also have recently bought books on painting because I felt a need to go back to my roots (loved art in high school). So happy to see you and Maia enjoying painting together!!!!!!!

  3. Get at it Cork! You've got to follow up on that one!

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