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I trained as a psychologist when I left school and worked in that area until I married for the second time and had my son. He’s now twenty.
I had intended to go back to work when he started school but I found myself enjoying being a full time mother and decided to give up my career and stay home. I find it hard to do two things well at the same time . I’m not a multitasker like a lot of people are.
My son’s favourite thing was to do when he was a toddler was colouring , so he and I would happily colour together for hours on end at the kitchen table. When he went for his nap I found myself getting out the colouring books and working away on my own. This sort of surprised me as I had never done art in school and had absolutely no interest in it.
Then quite by chance, about ten years ago , I ended up being enrolled in an art class in my local school. I had paid for an Italian class but to my horror , they transferred me to the art class because not enough people had enrolled in the Italian one! I was very disappointed!
The teacher told me to bring three tubes of paint with me. Red , yellow and blue. I said ‘ Won’t I need other colours, too ! ‘ She assured me I’d be fine with those three! That will convince you about my level of knowledge of painting!
I went along to the first class with very little enthusiasm but from the very first moment I stuck the brush into the paint , I absolutely loved it , and I’ve been painting ever since.
My son is at university now , my husband at work all day , so my time is more or less my own.
I try to paint most days , if only for a short time. I have made a small bedroom into a sort of studio where I can make as much mess as I like without upsetting the rest of the house !
I sell some paintings here and there but I don’t make a lot from them. Just about enough to fund my hobby. I’m always amazed when someone wants to actually pay me for a painting and usually try to talk them out of it as I feel a bit of a fraud! I couldn’t call myself an artist , not by a long shot , not like a lot of you here. Just someone for whom it’s a very enjoyable pastime, and one I can hopefully progress in.
This forum and Mark’s videos have been a tremendous help to me. I’ve learned so much , and I love knowing that you’re all out there painting as well. It feels like a community and a very special one at that .