I was always fearful of retiring – as I had no hobbies apart from reading,
I had no idea what I would do after I retired.
But shortly after I finally did retire my wife and I were at a restaurant,
and in an adjourning room there was a display of art. I admired the
paintings and my wife suggested that I would be able to paint like that.
At first I was sure she was teasing me, but she added, in all
seriousness: “Your mother took up painting after her age 80 – why
don’t you try – art might be in your genes”. I took her good advice,
and next day I went out and bought the required material.
After a few months I was disappointed in the canvases I had produced,
but as luck would have it, I read a book on painting and there found a quote from the artist Gregg Kreutz .
I don’t have to think I am a great painter, but I need to feel that what
I seek is a great painting – that any moment the canvas could come alive and become a beautiful picture.
That gave me a great boost, and I went back to my easel, and now try for that beautiful picture that artist Kreutz referred to, and have much pleasure
in this pursuit. I have since established a small gallery
and a website, as apparently some people believe I have produced some beautiful pictures, because they buy them!