Being a writer I am always interested in the arts and creative side of other. I have found that people who have one avenue of artistic ability sometimes have others as well. I can’t tell you how many people I know that are writers that are also drawing artist as well. I don’t know if that is due to drawing out their scenes, or the idea that maybe comics/anime would be a good idea to look into. There are also people that play an instrument that can also write their own music, and/or design album covers. I mean, wow right?
Well, I can’t draw to save my life. You need a stick figure? I’m your girl. I suck at drawing. That is not me being coy, I really can’t draw…at all.
I do make lamp work beads. But that’s more just for fun and a stress relieving activity. I sell them now and then on ebay just to clear out when I get too many. Lately, my grandson has been playing with the ones in my office. I guess they could be fun to use as marbles or whatever. Regardless, they aren’t all that creative to me.
I used to play the flute. I can still dash off a relatively decent Joy to the World, but that’s about it. I can hardly read music anymore. Yes, I know that is really sad, but that’s what happens when you stop using something. You lose it. I still have that flute…maybe I should hunt it down and see what I can accomplish. Or not…
Lately, though, I have taken back up my painting. I like to do landscapes (again, I can’t draw), and I had always used acrylics in the past. This year, I wanted to try my hand at oil painting. I am pleasantly surprised to say that I don’t completely suck at it. It is way more work, more clean up, more mess, and more money, but it is actually really fun for me. Shocked me too, I know. No, I am not a Picasso…yet. But I am getting better each time I have an hour to get it all out and paint. I am still trying to learn the knife. I swear that sucker is for right-handed people and is lefty adverse, but I am not giving up. I will tackle that problem, one mountain at a time. Where is Bob Ross when you need him? What I wouldn’t give to go to one of his classes just for learning that damn knife.
Thankfully, you can find him on line. You have to love the internet.
Why am I painting when I am supposed to be editing? Well, you will be happy to know that I am almost through the first harsh edit of my next book. It’s different, and not my usual YA paranormal stuff. I am not sure what to do with it as of yet, but it’s almost done. Then I will get back to my next YA Paranormal. It’s written, but it also needs a good edit. I have a few in the bank apparently, which is great, as I really am enjoying my painting right now.
Have a great week!