Wow- I'm blogging! And no followers yet so it feels safe. One thing is certain- I have no idea how this is going to go.
My intention is to share my thoughts and discoveries about painting that are relevant to my art journey. I started painting in Feb. 2008 after drawing with a close friend for a few months. Even though I was drawing without any formal instruction, and not very well, I had the good fortune and dumb luck to take advantage of a community program for adult education that sadly has since been discontinued. I signed up for beginning oil painting lessons. If I hadn't done that I know I would have given up painting before long. My first instructor was wonderful and showed me absolutely everything I needed to know to get off on the right foot. I had no experience, but also no bad habits. My best advice to anyone who wants to learn to paint is to find a good instructor from the beginning, follow advice, take notes and read recommended books. Over and over again.
My last art class had been in the 9th grade. My career was in medicine and I never took time out for art. As my husband of 40 years exclaimed, once he realized how passionate I was about painting, "You never even doodled!" My mother has been gone for many years now. She was a painter herself and a good one though not prolific. We never painted together and I wish I could tell her that I do now. Most parents are happy when a child gets into medical school, but she was sad, realizing that I would abandon art- the career she had in mind for me. Things work out for a reason. I would have starved as a career artist. Now that I am retired I get to paint all I want and I love it.
So for my first blog post, I will include a sample of my artistic prowess in the 3rd grade. It depicts my favorite subject- lunch. (I didn't like grade school very much.) My mother thought I was a genius when she saw this, as mothers tend to do, and it was still in her home when she died.
Got to love the blue hair!