I often hear people say – “If I lived my life again I wouldn’t change a thing.” I really don’t think like that at all. In fact, my autistic logical self thinks such an idea is a bit ridiculous. I want to learn from my mistakes – not go on repeating them. 🙂
I think the biggest mistake I made when I was young was to ignore my heart in choosing a career. At the time I wanted to ‘do well’ and to ‘fit in’ and to ‘be what the people I loved wanted me to be’ which are not terribly bad ambitions but I failed to take any notice of what I actually liked and where my natural strengths were. This wasn’t a purposeful decision, or anything forced on me in any way, it was more of a default response caused by the fact that I was really very unaware of my own likes and dislikes at the time. So if I could live my life again that is something I would change. I would still try to do the three things I said before but I would also try to follow my heart as far as my abilities and circumstances would let me. That way I’d keep in sight the things I loved to do but I would temper that with the reality of my abilities and circumstances. This is what I am teaching to my son. I hope it helps him.
If I had made different choices I wonder if, instead of rocking up at university as a science student, I would have ended up arriving on the front steps of an art school somewhere and what that would have been like? Given the chance I’d still love to do it.
Anyway, while looking through some of the brilliant blogs on WordPress I found a blog were the author, Nicola Schofield was working through a painting book (Nicola’s blog is here: Artistic Adventures ). The book she was using is called:
‘Painter’s Progress – An Art School Year in 12 Lessons’
Now this sounded great and I managed to buy it second hand on Amazon Marketplace:
As the title suggests it’s broken down into twelve ‘lessons’ which are designed to take 12 months. It looks pretty good.
Another book I got recently which I’ve found to be invaluable is
‘Watercolour Painting’ by George James
This book is divided into smaller 2 to 4 page sections with a specific teaching point for each one. There is so much information and, for me, the info is really at the right sort of level – it’s fabulous! So, my plan over the next couple of weeks is to research and find a book to really work through. Because I got on so well with the ‘Expert Answers’ Watercolour book I’ve ordered, again second hand, the other books available in the same series.
I’m particularly keen to get the ‘Acrylic Painting’ one.
So, for the next couple of weeks I’m going to have some fun, painting and drawing, until I’ve got all the books and then I’m going to review each one and choose. Art school in a book – it should be fun! 🙂