Having recognised recently that I was merely passing time more often than I liked, I began to look at ways to fill it more creatively and constructively.
I had made a number of attempts in the past to learn how to draw – with some degree of success.
But I could never find the motivation to persevere.
So when I saw what David Hockney was doing with an iPad and the Brushes app I became intrigued. (Brushes is an app which allows you to paint with your fingers)
I spent some time investigating the potential and decided that buying drawing paper and pencils (I have got drawing paper and pencils) did not represent commitment. If I invested the amount of money required to buy an iPad that would constitute commitment. And because of that commitment I would feel obliged to put in the effort to make it work!!
The rational/sensible part of my brain hates logic like that and chuntered incessantly whilst I was making my mind up. But I have not got where I am today without learning how to ignore that particular voice. 🙂
So the decision was made!! And I do find that I am prepared to put the effort in.
Hockney is a supreme talent and a superb draftsman and I am neither. But that is not the point!!
This is about a challenge for me, about learning and about a different way of being creative.
I do suspect that it is part of a journey I am already on, in that –
Poetry taught me to look,
Photography taught me to look harder.
Painting I imagine will teach me to really look. 🙂
I intend to post paintings on WordPress from time to time as that will give me added incentive to improve. So bear with me. 🙂
The medium term aim is to become competent enough to be able to paint the tree outside my window and then be able to re-paint it as the seasons change and it changes.
The dream is, of course, is to be able to sit on a bench looking over Whitby harbour towards the Abbey and to paint what I see. But that is a long way off. 🙂