One of the best things about being retired is that one has time to do things he or she never had time to try prior to retiring. Actually there are so many things that we think about doing, that we find we are often just as busy being retired as we were when we worked ten hours a day.
Mary has quite an interest in painting and art works and I have thought about trying to draw a bit myself, but other interests kept taking me away. In addition, I was reluctant to try something so new as I expected to produce a stick figure of some kind.
So, it took quite a bit of coaxing and some readjusting of priorities to get me to sit down and try to do a pencil sketch. A couple of persistent women urged me to try and I tried to see if I could produce a picture with a pencil that actually looked like what I intended to draw.
I did not know how to even start, so I used one of Mary’s how-to books about pencil sketches that showed how to draw rough circles and outlines and then provided step-by-step instructions for drawing a parrot. So, this parrot is actually not so much the result of any art talent as it is the product of a man following instructions.
Still it looks a lot like a parrot (?!?) I hope.
So, in response to Lisa’s challenge, I took time out for art. See: http://playamart.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/timeout-for-art-through-a-childs-eyes/
It was relaxing and kind of fun. Thanks Lisa and Mary for your encouragement.
Life is good in Ecuador.