Sunday, February 2, 2014

CREATIVITY at it's best...

I was asked if oil painting was hard to learn. I said, "Yes, it is."

Now those of you who know me, know I could never stop there.

Me, the person who loves information dumps, whether giving or receiving them. But the question made me think hard about it. The person who asked the question, Karoline Barrett, is a writer with a new novel, The Art of Being Rebekkah, it's hot off the press. If you like woman's fiction, check it out at her site—

Several of us, as yet unpublished writers, were telling Lizbeth ( aka, Karoline Barrett ) how happy we were for her, and we teased that we were green with envy. ( Really, we were just teasing... )

Lizbeth came back and said she wished she could paint like I do—and asked the question about learning to paint.

It shouldn't matter whether a subject is hard. Life is hard. A love of learning, time for study, and with a strong desire, any given subject can be learned.

Meet my young art student, Lesly King.

I really don't teach much anymore, but I couldn't say no to Les. He's eager to learn and is willing to erase and make changes as many times as needed to improve his work. He never whines or complains.

Les is ten-years old. He may decide any day that something else is more exciting than art lessons, and that's the way of his age—it's what growing up is all about—learning,  making choices and exploring. It's an exciting time.

But, as adults, we can have the same excitement and spirit of learning as children do. And if you don't have that excitement to write, paint, photograph, sew, garden or whatever you choose, every single day ( there'll be days you must do laundry ),  then maybe you should take a lesson from the kids—search for that thing that excites you. You'll know when you find it, cause' when you do, it won't let go of you. :-)

Yes, it's hard learning to paint, to write, and all the above mentioned.  But, if you really want to do it, you can. And who knows, you may end up with something really nice.

Like Lesly did with this pastel painting. Les is a man's man, and he not only draws well, he sometimes leads singing at church on Wednesday nights.

God's blessings on all your efforts,

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