A New Talent Discovered Late In Life.
June 18, 2017 2:57pm CST
My mother was in her 60s before she took up painting. She just got interested and joined an art class, and there were people of all ages there. We girls were all married and living in different parts of the country, so we thought it was a harmless pastime to keep her occupied. Then we had to sit up and take notice when she started producing paintings that were fairly good by any standards. She did landscapes, Spanish dancers, and a beautiful painting of the Lady of Shallot. My daughter has that on her wall to this day. She then turned to portraits, which are notoriously difficult, and proved to be good at capturing likenesses. The picture above shows her paintings of my children when my son was about 8 and my daughter 6. They looked just like that. My mother has been gone these many years, but she has left little parts of herself in the many paintings that my sisters, and our children, will always cherish. I also discovered new interests late in life - gardening and poetry. Have you found any new talents as you've got older?
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• United States
18 Jun 17
So good to hear your dear mother's talent was discovered even later in her life. She really did have talent. Wonderful portraits of your children. I can tear out ceramic floor tile, dispose of it all by myself, install updated ceramic floor tile, cut the tile to fit where needed, and grout that tile it like a pro. Found that out later in life.
18 Jun 17
My mother was the same. When she retired, she discovered watercolour painting. She took part in many courses, not only in Germany but also abroad. She painted in Italy, Hungary, Turkey. She was a widow and lived alone. She got to know many new people in this way. Some of her paintings hang on the walls of the stairwell of our house up to the second floor.
19 Jun 17
@jaboUK I knew that the computing and poetry were new-found talents, but I wasn't aware that your gardening was also. You've really unearthed some hidden treasures here haven't you! I'm hoping the same for my husband, he doesn't really have any hobbies because he's always worked full time, and I do have a concern about him retiring without a hobby, that is never a healthy thing to do.
• United Kingdom
19 Jun 17
@Juliaacv Yes, it's good if you can have an interesting hobby, I hope your husband finds something. I didn't start gardening until I was in my 60s - my mother was a passionate gardener and would have been amazed, as I'd never shown any interest before. Mind you I had a physically tiring job working with horses, and was happy to put my feet up when I got home, so gardening was never on my radar.
19 Jun 17
Your mother was incredibly talented, because portraits are very difficult. I am thinking if I found any new talents aging. I have always liked painting, but now I have found that I also like pottery making. There is a special satisfaction in creating objects that you can use.