Always amazes me how many people seem to discover and explore latent artistic ability as they near or are in retirement. Just came back from an art exhibition at a local seniors centre where two floors of rooms were devoted to a plethora of art mediums.
As expected there was a large representation of all the traditional forms of painting ranging from acylics, oil paint, watercolors, mixed media created by members of the seniors centre and an intricate display of what appeared to be Japanese art embroidery. Very beautiful delicate and definitely an art that would test the patience of the doer. Not for me but "wow!" inspiring to the eye.
Mixed in with the paintings were wood carvings of animals, houses...you name it, chances are it was carved beautifully with precision. This is a craft that requires patience but most of all, talent, which the carvers seemed to have in abundance.
Having spent an entire morning working on my black/grey/white tree/landscape painting, it was inspiring to see the work of so many artists. Not that it will help in the end. Re-did the trees over (again) and although there is some progress, not sure when if ever I will experience that inner "click" that indicates a finished painting. Also started another small landscape painting using palette knives. Love those palette knives when they don't cut through the surface of the canvas. Wonder if Van Gough or Monet had the same problem. I like to think so. Misery likes company.
Here's an article (in French only unfortunately) that focuses on the show: http://www.courrierlaval.com/Soci%C3%A9t%C3%A9/Vie%20communautaire/2011-12-08/article-2828748/Septieme-exposition-Place-aux-Arts-a-la-Place-des-Aines/1