For the past 4-5 years I have been going to an art group twice a week, at a local education centre. I failed art at school, but I have always been interested in creative things. Then a few years ago, I saw a programme called 'Star Portraits'.
It was a programme presented by one of my art heroes Rolf Harris and involved a panel of completely different artists, creating a portraits of a different celebrity each week. Each celebrity would choose the portrait they liked best and that would be displayed in an art gallery and also go on to hang on the walls of their home.
Observing the wide variety of styles, mediums and techniques the artists were using, I began to realised how flexible art really was and it amazed me how people could make a people or object appear on canvas or paper. It was like magic.
Despite my previous failings with producing anything good at school, by seeing this programme, it made me think that i'd like to give art another go. So, I bought a cheap set of pencils and a sketch book and began to draw. The things I were doing were not any good, but I was enjoying myself so I continued.
Cut a year or two later and during a conversation with a good friend I mentioned that I would like to join an art class. It was a good thing that I mentioned this, because my friend said that there was a art class at the local school twice a week. The only catch, was that everyone in the class (including the teacher) was Spanish. I had some reservations about joining this class, but as I had some Spanish, I thought not only would the class help me to learn more about Art, but it would be a good opportunity to practise my Spanish.
I found the class difficult to begin with, I found that I could not draw or paint very well, but I was determined to keep going. I'm glad I did, because 4-5 years on, I'm in a class I love and my painting/drawing is slowly improving. I may not be the best in the class, but the people in it, no matter what level they are, are so encouraging and friendly.
Towards the end of each year, all of the art classes (they have evening as well as morning classes) have an exhibition of their painting at La Casa De Cultura (Culture House, which is open to the public for a week. This is nice because we can show people what we have been doing over the year and it's great for the pupils to see each other's work. Here's a taster of this year's exhibition:
The painting above is my entry for this year's exhibition. My niece is a massive fan of 'Gone With The Wind' and so this is my interpretation of the two main characters Scarlet O'Hara and Rhett Butler. This will be winging its way to my nicece, after the exhibition.
The piece above was done my my friend and fellow blogger Aguja (who writes the excellent blog 'Wordstitcher'). My photography does not do this painting justice, as it's full of wonderful detail.
As you can see there have been some fabulous pieces on display and I'm looking forward to seeing what will be in next year's art exhibition.