I wish I could paint

Wouldn’t that be fantastic?  There’s so many things I would love to learn in the next few years:  how to increase in knitting (shut up, that’s important to know if you’re a knitter), what the heck risotto is, and how to paint something that doesn’t look like an anemic stick figure. 

I love art.  I love how when you look at art, it’s all done with different mediums and techniques.  It’s awesome.  It’s so…flawed, but done so well.  I love it.  I think art is just appreciating people’s mistakes.

One of my all time favorites is Natasha Wescoat.  Go check her out and then come back.  No really!  Do it, you’ll be glad you did.  Stop rolling your eyes and just do it, I’ll wait patiently…

Isn’t she fantastic?  I love the trees and flowers, especially.  Awesome.  She makes me want to paint.

I have another friend who is a real live painter.  Like, he paints for a living, in his garage I think.  His work is completely different from Natasha Wescoat, but amazing nonetheless.  His work is like a commentary on society.  You look at it and you think, you feel.  He’s awesome too.  He goes by the moniker The Amazing Tumnus.  Or you can see his other website called Saint Schizophrenia Studios.

And while I don’t have actual pictures to post here, or a link, my two most favoritist artists live in my house.  They are my two daughters, Emma and Addie.  Emma is so good at art that she won the art award last year in school and told me that her art teacher told her she was the best artist in the class.  Ahem, we may have to teach her humility at some point.  Addie is just now getting into drawing.  She makes me pose for her with different facial expressions “Smile really big, Mommy, no not like that, now close your lips but smile big, BIGGER, now close your eyes, keep them closed, you’re peeking!” (five minutes or a decade goes by) “Mommy!  Keep your eyes closed!  You’re not smiling anymore, smile big!”  All of her art includes a Jay Leno chin and a chiseled nose that ends somewhere in the eyebrow section.  But I love it. 

I wonder if artists or painters wish they could do something better too.  They may be thinking, I wish I could balance a checkbook or I wish I could make hospital corners with my bedsheets. 

I really want to paint. 

What do you really want to learn to do?


11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by sandi on August 14, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for chatting about my boy. He is pretty fabulous. I watch him create most of his pieces and still I am in awe of the skill.


  2. To cook. Just meals for my family, nothing fancy. Then to sew a button.

    I know, I know, I’m reaching for the stars!


  3. Posted by fivemoreminutesplease on August 14, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    To be good at math, to make hair bows, and to play the piano well. The guitar would be nice too…but I don’t want to push it.


  4. I really like Natasha Wescoat too! San wants some of her work hanging on our walls one day and I’m in agreement. She does some wonderful things with shape and color.

    Thanks for the free advertisement. I sure appreciate the attention. Tumnus thanks you as well, even though he’s a little grumpy that you implied that he and I were the same person. Don’t worry, he’ll get over it.

    Now what would I like to learn to do? Play the piano! Like a madman.


  5. Posted by Cristy Finucane on August 15, 2008 at 4:14 am

    I really wish I could dance. Man, I love to dance. I’m not good at it, so that inhibits me a little, but if I could dance, there would be no stopping me. I’d do it all the time instead of just when i am trying on a pair of jeans and I need to make sure they look good. You must dance in jeans whether you’re good at it or not.

    My favorite artist is my Olivia.I’m betting she and Emma would get along just fine. It’s amazing to watch the imaginations of children at work. I love it.


  6. David Mann is one of my favorite artist. I actually have 2 of his pictures. Haunted which is the old beach house and Gothic House which reminds me of Aunt Bonita house for some reason.
    Jim Warren is another one of my favorite artist. His stuff is very bizarre. But way cool.
    I wish I could write. Or paint. Or play the violin.


  7. Posted by Jennifer on August 16, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    I used to really wish I could play the drums….but now I really wish I could wing it when cooking. I can cook as long as I am following a recipe…but to be able to just wing it. Some people can wing it and it comes out like a recipe you should right down but they don’t have a clue what measurements they used or sometimes even what ingredients they used. How does that happen?! Can you be trained to do that?! I really wish I could.


  8. Posted by candy0108 on August 16, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    I wish I could be efficient you know one of those people who can bake cup cakes for the whole class, have snack ready for their children when they get home everyday, dinner on the table 5 oclock everyday, never miss an appointment, dressed to impress, well rounded but no I just blow with the wind most days hopefully with school starting back it will help me back to my structured life… on a lighter note I have dabbled in many things but I really just want to be good at ONE thing like really good dancing would be nice, but singing that to, and to write I wish I could write like my Kearsie you are so entertaining I love reading your stuff and I love to hear you talk mumbles and all… lol


  9. I would love to dance and sing. Not that I want to be a singing/dancing girl like in Las Vegas, but I’d love to have some lung power and a great voice so that it didn’t hurt so much when I sing.

    I want to check out that risotto thing, too. Let’s find a recipe and we could both try it. That would be fun, don’t you think?


  10. Posted by Mom on August 18, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Wow! That Westcoat gal is kind of like Peter Max in lipgloss! Totally cool, the eyes are great! And your friend who paints in his garage…pretty neat talent he’s got going on there! I paint too, the bedroom, the bathroom, whatever wall needs it. Too bad it’s usually just one color, but it matches my personal talant level. (I paint as well as I spell) I think of Addie’s drawings as kind of like Picasso…isn’t he the guy who painted the picture with an eye in the middle of the forehead? And I’m glad to know she gave YOU a Jay Leno chin too. I thought she was trying to tell me something about my weight. Phew, I feel so much better! I would love to learn how to take off weight and keep it off. I’d love to learn to drive with confidence. I’d love to learn to spell better, be smarter and be a better person. But most of all I’d love to learn how to SING. I’d love to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. I’d have my mouth open all the time and have a good reason for it!


  11. Posted by itsjustmythang on August 19, 2008 at 7:26 am

    Painting accoustic guitar star, that’s what I want to do and oh, be “really really ridiculously good looking!


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