Last year I had a chance to work for a day with Randall Tipton, whose Painter's Process blog is a good one. I love seeing his paintings but I love his thoughtful words even more. He posted this on Dec 27. It seems a lovely entrance to the New Year.
"Since moving to Lake Oswego and beginning to teach, I`ve met many older
adults who`ve taken up painting again after long hiatuses away. More
often than not to have a family, or a more practical career. Sometimes
there is a rueful quality in this decision as well as a lack of
confidence. Nearly all think the big issue is technique and the hours
required to become skillful. It`s not. A long searching look within is
required to figure out what you love visually. What fires you up with
painting and why? This takes separating what we appreciate from what
animates us emotionally. If we know what language to speak, that`s a
huge advantage. Finding what we want to say will follow. If the
technical ambitions correspond to the aesthetic goals, the process will
have direction and focus.
Those that persist through their feelings
of foolishness and inadequacy deserve respect. They are honoring their
younger selves and the ideals they`ve carried quietly with them ever
since. There is a parallel in psychotherapy where the adult patient
learns to recognize, then comfort and protect the child they once were. I
sense with many of the adult painters I meet a yearning to retrieve
something of great value. While they still can. How truly noble."
You can find Randall's blog at randalldavidtipton.blogspot.com