Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Painting again after 30 years of not painting.

When you are a busy mom raising 5 children and managing the responsibilities that go along with being a pastor's wife you don't often have time to pursue interests in hobbies that you once enjoyed.  I used to like to paint, draw and participate in creative hobbies.  I had not even picked up a paintbrush (well not the kind you use for painting pictures anyway) in over 30 years!  Now that I only have a few children left at home I recently decided that I wanted to see if I had a spark of creativity left and pick back some hobbies that I once had interest in.  My husband suggested that I try to paint again.  So once the college kids headed back to school I decided to get out the oil paints and take a class with an artist that would help me get back some of the basics that I had forgotten.  This particular class she teaches helps you to paint a painting from a photograph.  Since we loved our time living on the coast of South Carolina I knew right away that I would paint a marsh scene.  I took this photo below at one of our favorite Lowcountry spots that we enjoyed walking at frequently. This at an old rice plantation in Charleston. Caw Caw Interpretive Center Park is a must see if you ever visit the Charleston area.
 Here is my painting that I painted using the above photograph as a guide. I just finished it yesterday! It felt really good to paint again. I'm realizing that I still have some of that creative ability that has been dormant for a long time.  I really enjoyed trying to capture the feel of the lowcountry marsh in my painting. No, it's not perfect and I made a lot of mistakes but I'm learning! I'm also learning that we are  never too old to pick up a former hobby or start a new one!!!
My painting
One of the things I enjoyed most while painting this picture was thinking about the beauty of the marshes and how God didn't have to create them with such beauty but He did!  As our family walked this old rice plantation on many occasions our talks would be about God and thanking Him for His beautiful creation.  We have wonderful memories meandering our way through the old rice plantation looking for alligators and birds and just enjoying being together as a family. Picking up the paintbrush again has been good for me. Every time I walk past this painting I will be reminded of special moments with my family and our enjoyable times together at Caw Caw. (Minus the killer mosquitos!!!) Notice, I did not include those in my painting!

No comments: