Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.
If you weren’t an author, what other art would you likely pursue?
My father was an accomplished watercolour artist, he was also a superb woodworker and spent the last years of his working life restoring antique furniture. I envied his skill and desperately wanted to do something artistic or craft-based. I used to help him with various jobs, which taught me enough of the basics to be confident enough to work on my own house. In the past, as well as making and putting up shelves, kitchen cupboards and hard garden landscaping, I’ve built window frames and quite a few other things.
Over the years, I’ve tried most craft-type activities and found myself unable to do just about any of them. Drawing and painting are beyond me, the only thing I can paint with any success are walls and furniture (on a good day). I tried painting by numbers but found it hard to stay inside the lines. I’m incredibly envious of people like Bob Ross, who make it seem so easy.
I don’t just mean that I had a go and gave up, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time trying to get past the start of the learning curve but never really progressed.
So, how about music? Well, I mastered the air guitar at an early age, and the steering wheel drumkit, I’ll even sing along if nobodies listening. But apart from a bit of Karaoke in Japan years ago (when I might have had a few glasses of Asahi), that’s about it.
We won’t mention the dancing, I’m a Dad, after all.
Which explains why I was pleased to find that I could paint a picture with words. As with a painting on canvas, I was amazed to find that different people saw it in different ways. And ascribed meanings to it that I had never even considered.
I’ve never tried knitting, but I can do a mean cross-stitch. Probably because all you have to do is be able to count. And I enjoy taking photographs of the food I cook and the nature I see on my walks and days out.
These are the things that I’m working on as an antidote to the stresses of life and where I turn when I need to switch off. And the art forms that I want to get better at.
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