|still life by me from art class onboard ship|
I have tried quite a few things in my life and others I haven't. And for instance, I have never gone scuba diving and I have no desire to do so now that I am retired. Although I have really enjoyed snorkeling and I like to look at things underwater I am kind of claustrophobic and the thought of all that water over me is not appealing so no scuba diving planned in my future. I also have no plans to go crawling around in dark caves.
|out the classroom window|
In February I went on an 18 day cruise from Rio de Janeiro to Miami (for more details check out my . I was a little worried about being on a cruise ship that long and about the nine days at sea. It all worked out, but a real highlight for me, was I got to take watercolour lessons on our sea days. The lessons were only about an hour long but fortunately we had a skilled, former middle school art teacher. For many of my fellow travellers and me, this became something we really enjoyed and looked forward to doing.
|first class demo|
But after the ship experience, I really began to think about taking a watercolour painting course. First I did a plein air watercolour seminar with a friend. It was a bit of a disaster for both of us and we actually quit early and had brunch.
I had already signed up for a watercolour art class apparently for all levels working with spring flowers and given at the nearby botanical gardens. I was a bit worried after my last experience where I felt totally over my head. I didn't have the right materials, I didn't even know the particular colours he was telling us to use.
When I got to the centre last week I was greeted by a lovely younger woman who asked if I was looking for the art class because I looked artistic (it was probably the big bag I was carrying). It turned out she was the volunteer who is helping with the class, but it was nice to be greeted that way.
|second class demo|
But no recriminations in my art class. After my second lesson in this class, I was thinking how much I am enjoying it. Some people are quite experienced, others are novices such as myself, but our teacher is able to accommodate our differences. I also really like the people in my class and I love the beautiful setting. There is a nice sense of community. I think we are all nature lovers and appreciators of beauty.
|one of my talented classmate's work|
Even in retirement I sometimes feel a little driven in a zillion directions. It's nice to find a quiet place where focusing is required. I also really like learning new skills. I like that I am required to be patient.
And maybe this week I will find time to practice! And perhaps work on that portrait of the camellia.