Monday, February 28, 2011

An adult doesn't discover they are an artist. They only rediscover what is there.

It has been said that a being a Painter of Art is an over 50's occupation.
Of course, some people enjoy painting at any time in their lives, but many don't seem to get a chance until sometime after they turn 50 years old.
It always seems that those who are able to paint have a life style that merits it.
There are the lone professional artists who has his art in galleries, who we assume live lives very different from our own.
 Or they may not need to work outside the home. Either they are a stay home Mum & wife, supported by a bread winner. Some paint with their pre-school kids in a home studio. Or they're maybe single and so have few commitments outside a regular job. Or they still live with their parents, but for most of us, making art in a place and time free from excessive interruptions seems like an unrealistic dream. Or is it?
For everyone else, say between 25 & 50, life has a way of eating up most of our time. It becomes easy to forget the joy we experienced way back in our distant past when we just created for the pure joy of it.
There would be many adults who think they 'lost the knack'. They think, "I can't do that anymore'.
Then after many years of un-explained restlessness, the kids grow up and leave home. They now have all these evening free and whole afternoons on weekends to fill. So they try a painting class and 'discover' they can paint, but really they have only rediscovered what was there all along.
Don't wait till you're 50 to create again. If its important enough to you, you will find some regular time to create art. Even if you can't create the ambitious projects you think about, you can find 30 minutes a day to create.

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