I am missing my classes at the Cultural Arts Center which have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a wonderful place to learn about, imagine and create art. We are lucky to have a beautiful old downtown building where we can take inexpensive art classes taught by excellent instructors. I’ve always enjoyed and collected art but never took formal training in it. When I retired I decided to learn to paint so I could create my own art. My most interesting class at the Cultural Arts Center has been human figure drawing/painting which I have taken for five years. I work intensely with charcoal, acrylic, or oil for almost three hours to capture the form and spirit of a live model. My instructor and fellow students give me feedback that helps me improve my skills. At the end of the class, I am completely relaxed and so happy to have created my own special piece of art. It’s never too late to start to learn about and create art, whether it is painting, jewelry, ceramics, or sculpture.
I hope this painting of a fruit market in Istanbul looks good enough to eat. Istanbul was the first stop of our three-week guided tour of Turkey in 2012. The city is overflowing with amazing tourist sites such as the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. Istanbul is the only city in the world that sits in two continents. The Kadikoy Market we visited is on the Asian side of the city a half hour ferry ride from the European side. There we found food shops, spice shops, and fish shops. Walking through the markets made us so hungry! Luckily, we finished our visit by heading for a delicious lunch and a stop for tea at Camlica Hill, one of the highest spots in the city.
I love art. I collect it. I doodle. I sketch. When I retired, I took out my bucket list and on the top was “Learn How To Paint.” So I am learning to do that. I take classes from the Columbus OH Cultural Arts Center and lessons from local artists. I have been drawing and painting for about three years. I am so excited to share my work and my enthusiasm for painting. I hope you enjoy my work.