Sunday, October 12, 2008

Treasure Testing 10/12/08

There are so many doors to be opened,
and I'm not afraid to look behind them.

Elizabeth Taylor


Just about 30 years ago I signed up to take life drawing classes at the Art Students League in New York City, The League is a great place. There are no entrance requirements, no tests, but there are student exhibits now and then, and you can come and go as you please.

During the month of October I had one class a week on Saturday mornings. By the first of the year I was signed up for classes all day, every day. I was doing a lot of freelance work at the time and I had a locker at the League. So I could start drawing in the morning, put my stuff in the locker when I had to go, then get it again when I came back. I was always enrolled in a class somewhere.

In about 6 to 9 months my skill improved enough to start painting., Since then my paintings have won a couple of awards and I've even sold a few even though I don't market them yet.

Drawing and painting was a great, precious discovery for me. I can't tell you how important it was. It was like opening the door to a room in my house I had never been in before and didn't know was there. It changed my life.

There are many more doors to open and look behind. I am seeking them out.

DB - Vagabond Journeys


Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Amazing how we all have various talents, and discover them at different times in our lives. Glad you found your painting talent :o)

Beth said...

D, would you consider putting up a picture or two of your paintings? I'd love to see them, and I think most here would agree!


Indigo said...

I agree with Beth, I would love to see some of your paintings. I've often said it was a waste of life not to explore every dimension of possibilities. I used to love draw as well. It's been favorite outlet was charcoal, the smell of it, blending the different textures and shades...Thanks for bringing back a few wonderful memories. (Hugs)Indigo

Rose~* said...

Every day is a learning experience for me, DB. Would also love to see your paintings.

a corgi said...

I would love to see some of your paintings, DB; great that you are thinking how and what you want to do with the talents given to you


Dannelle said...

Yes, please. Let us see them! Hugs, Dannelle

Lisa said...

I would agree with Beth, i would love to see your paintings.

Big Mark 243 said...

I want to say that I understand how important it was for you when you began to draw and paint. For me, discovering that I was a good boxer did so much more than allow me to be a fighter ... I can't tell you how much it meant to me, maybe it is the pursuit that meant everything to me. I don't know if I would have had the same approach to living without my having boxed, and the 'testing' that took place because of that fateful choice.