Saturday, 14 June 2014

New beginnings...

For years I have been yearning to paint but my work as a self employed graphic designer has always got in the way. Nights were taken up moving my mouse around Photoshop and then InDesign when Adobe bought over Freehand and made it redundant! 

When the idiot bankers messed up the world's economy I had my hours slowly cut down for me. Eighty hours a week became a more managable 50 and I was able to have a social life again. I started to go to the cinema, meet friends for tea, watch Netflix and miniseries, see my nephew play football for Portadown and even go to Ulster rugby games. Finally I tried painting. I only lasted two mornings at a watercolour class at the Island Arts Centre in Lisburn. I found the tutor rude and overbearing and never bothered going back for the other ten classes. The itch was still there though...

THE ISLAND ARTS CENTRE IN LISBURN ON A DEEP BLUE SKY DAY

I somehow managed not to scratch my artistic crave for around two years but in January 2014 I gave in and joined Lisnagarvey Art Society. It met on a Tuesday night at the Island Arts Centre. I watched people like Ray Elwood and Grahame Booth demonstrate, talked to members of the Society about their paintings and just looked on as they worked on their latest piece in oils, acrylic and watercolour.  In May I decided that Lawrence's work fascinated me the most and that started me out on my journey in pastels.