1. You see the world with new eyes. Learning to paint has a way of opening your eyes to colours and shapes in a magical and almost childlike way. It brings back the wonder of it all.
2. You are moved by colour. Many painters find the expressing themselves with colour brings a special delight.
3. You have travelled. Painters are always thrilled to come home from a trip with wonderful photos waiting to be painted. And, here’s a bonus, spending an afternoon painting that inspiring place feels like spending an afternoon there again!
4. You like to try new things. There is always something new to try, something new to learn in painting. It’s never boring.
5. It’s a fun way to relate to people. Artists are a friendly and supportive bunch. Unlike sports, where there are winners and losers, in art class people just want to encourage each other.
6. It becomes a very personal expression. Anyone who had taken one of my courses where we work step by step together through a famous painting will know that everyone’s turns out differently. Your uniqueness comes through in the way you handle the paint. (I love encouraging this.)
7. It’s portable. You can take your sketching materials, and even some paint, anywhere. You can sit out in the garden and paint on a nice day. Harder to do with the grand piano.
8. If you live in a place that has walls, you can have something very special to put on them. Small paintings make lovely personal cards or gifts too.
9. Painting or drawing does not require any particular co-ordination. These are skills that can be learned – it’s true! You simply need some time and the interest.
10. It’s less scary than sky diving, and the fun lasts longer too – o.k. – that would be my website tag line.
So many reasons to love painting! I’m sure I missed some – let me know in the comments – thanks!
Drawing and painting classes are starting in March and in April. Here’s the link… Art Classes – won’t you join us?