I am a crafty woman, but not so much of an artist. For example I can take a lot of fabric, rib it up and put it back together in a nice patch work and have a beautiful quilt to sleep under. I can also melt glass rods and create a bead.
What I am not able to do is draw or paint and capture what I see, and recreate it for others to enjoy. (Even most of the photos I take are out of focus)
The art of painting and drawing eludes and fascinates me.
This past summer, an old friend I went to high school with came to Bowen with his wife and three dogs for a visit. Jeff Potter is a wonderful artist. I followed him to the beach one afternoon to watch his process. His paint box was packed neatly in a backpack.
We sat on the rocks and I watched Jeff create something from nothing.
I say that because he literally started with a blank canvas and in a mere three hours had a work of art that captured the sights and the day. It was magic to me.
Jeff spent a lot of time picking and choosing the right colours for the piece; I spent the time wondering how his eye-hand coordination worked and why it was so different from mine.
Art school, interest, training, of course lots of practice and then there is talent, all this played a part. I have to say it was a treat to watch someone do what they do so well.
Days like that always bring me back to what I say about most things. There is a huge difference between wanting to do something and actually doing it.
I want to paint â€” but I donâ€™t want to take the time to learn how!
In the mean time, Iâ€™ll enjoy the process, skill and talent of all the people I am lucky enough to cross paths with.