senior citizen’s center and found that I could draw as well as some and maybe better than others. I found it helpful when my art instructor stated, at first, you have to relax and let your hand do what your mind tells you to do. With a few exceptions, that has worked in my art and it has given me some pleasure, even when I have felt my
“project” was not living up to my artistic impulse. I often think that thought is part of the mystery and joy of art. I find that I am drawn to the bright colors which are often complemented by the cold or darker shades in paintings. My journey in art has taken me through periods of simple pencil drawing, watercolors and colored pencils, brief fascination with oil pastels, acrylic painting and finally oil painting which I enjoy most because of the depth of colors both dark and bright shades.
Having worked before my retirement as a clinical social worker for a VA hospital,
I learned to have the patience for the change which I had hoped to see in my clients.
I feel that that same patience is needed in my art. Fortunately for me in my senior years, I see the results of my efforts in a shorter time with art than with clients which I had before. Beauty, however, can be found in both endeavours.
Finally, I want to acknowledge the help I have received from Helen Oh at Chicago’s Palette and Chisel , Connie Hinkle, Chicago’s Renaissance Court and
Art Instructors at my church’s (4th Presbyterian Church) Center forLife and Learning.