I had wanted to take one of her classes since I first saw her at a Christmas show several years ago, but self doubt prevented me from signing up. I just didn't think I could do it well enough to be worth the time and money investment.
The artist, Teresa Pennington, is well known for her artwork of local landmarks and historical locations. She is named The Artist of the Blue Ridge. Her work is amazing.
You can take a virtual tour of her gallery and read her biography on her website here: https://www.tpennington.com/index.php
Here's the five projects I finished in the five classes I took:
If you don't have access to a local artist, then go online and search for teacher. You can find them on YouTube, on websites, and by word of mouth. It is easier now than ever to find a free teacher or a low cost class to learn something new.
Learn painting, drawing, writing, knitting, crochet, coloring, colored pencils, quilting, candle making, soap making, scrap booking, photography, even a different language, the options are endless.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old.
We grow old because
we stop playing.”
George Bernard Shaw
Even if you don't think you are creative, you can learn to be. You might be surprised at what you can do if you just try, no matter how far out of your comfort zone you step.
Our brains are able to learn much more than we give it credit for, no matter what our age. It may take a little more time or a little more effort on our part, but we can do it. We can learn new skills after the age of 50. We can learn to be creative after the age of 50. We can increase our knowledge after the age of 50.
What creative skills do you possess? What new creative skill would you like to learn? Is there something you always wanted to do but didn't know how (like oil paint, quilt, write stories, etc.)? What are you doing or what are you going to do, to learn a new skill?