Thanks, Mary Ann. "A certain age" indeed. Is that what I am? *sigh* I'll be the big one next month. F i f t y.... *ssshhhhhh* Don't tell anyone...
My daughter's daughters are 12 and 7. My son hasn't procreated yet, thank gawd.
I suppose I've always been "creative", although fine art is new to me. I've written poetry, short stories and even attempted a novel. I took Drama in school, and participated in many plays. I've taken stage makeup classes, and attended drama conferences at the University of Victoria, when I was in high school. I've done stage makeup for my kid's school plays (I turned a 12 year old blonde haired, blue eyed white boy into a 90 year old, bald Chinese man!!) My kids always had homemade Halloween costumes (sometimes even with wigs!). I used to garden, until my back made me stop. I learned to cook, after growing herbs in the garden, and am told that I’m pretty good at it.
My problem is I need instant gratification. I don't mind a steep learning curve, but I want it to be SHORT! So I've dabbled in lots of things. But a few have stuck. Computers have stuck. Once I bought my first machine, I was HOOKED! Being on this tiny island really limits your world, and the Internet opened it back up again. What a wonderful thing that is! I don’t have easy access to classes, so I must learn on my own. I wouldn’t be even close to where I am in my art if I didn’t belong to art groups on the Internet. I wouldn’t know half what I do about dogs, or anything else for that matter. As I don’t have access to museums, libraries, art galleries, or even department stores, the Internet serves as my window on the world. I have bought salt from France, medical equipment for use on Kiba from China, art supplies from Thailand, and hand made silk scarves, to wrap my Tarot cards, from a nice lady in Oregon. I receive packages of books at least twice a week. I read a great deal, and don’t have a bookstore here! I have made friends all over the world through groups like this.
But I reiterate.(What else is new?) Yes, I’m new to art, but I’ve had the DESIRE to create for a long time. I guess I just needed to find an outlet that worked for me, and was doable, given my location. I truly wish I had learned to draw well while younger, but that ship has sailed. I can read books, but I don’t know if I will be able to catch up with regards to drawing. Painting may have to suffice.