Especially in these ‘later years’ most of us tend to think, I could never do that, [the old you-can’t-teach-an-old-dog-new-tricks syndrome]. But, give it a try and you will be amazed at what you are capable of doing. It was Les Brown, a Big Band leader back in the 40s who wisely said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you will land among the stars.” There were a lot of things I wanted to do but never quite had the time or maybe more truthfully just didn’t make the time for them. Funds were limited, too, so some things just had to wait, but now, at my age, many of those excuses are gone (some, however, do still live nearby).
One of those things I always wished I could do was learn to draw. My art capabilities were, at best, on a third-grade level. While looking for a course on cartooning (a good way to incorporate puns I thought) I discovered an art class called Anyone Can Draw. This method was designed and taught by Peter Kraus. His studio is only a couple miles from where I live. I was thrilled with the results after only a few weeks of classes. It brought me a great sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.
You can see some of the drawings I have been able to do thus far in the drawings section to the right. You can access information on Peter and his teaching method at www.anyonecanarts.com . I am no great artist, but being able to do even this much with drawing brings me tremendous satisfaction and a stronger belief in myself. Trying things you’ve never done before brings a sense of wonder and “I didn’t know I could do that!”
Another of my greatest delights is going to the Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts at Disney Hall with my oldest son and whoever of the other kids is available. Music touches the soul in a way that nothing else can. I still play the piano and the marimba but only for my own enjoyment and maybe for a few others who either don’t notice or who can tolerate a less-than-perfect performance.