When was the last time you did something for the first time?
When I was little I watched painting shows on tv with my grandma and saw her produce gorgeous paintings on a regular basis. Grandma did oil paintings, watercolors, pastels and used whatever came her way in an economical manner. The walls were covered in a variety of paintings and they were stacked in closets. Today, nearly every room in my house has one of her paintings hanging on the wall and this is true for many of my family members.
There are a lot of things I haven’t done, which means I don’t know how to do them and these things are uncertain, even scary for me. I see various products and wonder how they work. Which type do you buy? When should they be used? Art journals, gesso, glitter paste, distress resist spray and mod podge are all things I have no experience with. The voice in my head says I’m not an artist and if I had that ability I would have found it by now. Then I remember something my cousin told me that I found shocking. My grandma didn’t always paint! What?? I’m younger than my cousin so this was something I couldn’t comprehend. My cousin thought our grandma probably started painting in her fifties. Fifties?? We can just wake up one day and decide to expand our horizons?
So, I ask you, when was the last time you did something for the first time?