How are you? How’s your December? 🙂
About two weeks ago, I gave a talk to a group of friends in Ortigas. While preparing for my powerpoint, my friend Boots, said, “Sha, would you like to see the photos of my paintings?”
I said, “Sure!”
She showed me her paintings. There were about 20 of them.
I was awed! The paintings were beautiful!
I told her, “Boots, I didn’t know you’re a painter!”
What she said next surprised me.
“Thanks, Sha! No, I actually didn’t know how to paint. I’m attending this painting class every Thursday. The teacher is really good! He’s able to help me come up with these paintings.”
Okay, I had to make sure I understood Boots correctly. Her paintings looked like works of a professional painter, yet she’s saying she’s not really good at painting. She’s saying her teacher was really good at teaching.
Joining a Painting Class
“Boots, can I join you in your painting class next Thursday?”
I had two agenda in joining Boots:
One, I’ve always wanted to paint. I love to look at paintings as well. I wanted to reconnect with my childhood dream that someday, I could paint as well.
Take note though that I’m not gifted in arts. I don’t know how to paint. When I was in elementary, I had a very difficult time drawing a flower or a very simple work of art.
Two, I want to meet the teacher and see his style. How can he make someone who is not gifted in painting (Boots said she’s not gifted in painting) create such beautiful paintings?
If it worked for Boots, will it work for someone like me who has zero knowledge in painting, too?
I thought about my own Book Writing Course. My bold claim is this: You can write a book even if you’re not a writer.
It’s similar to Boots’ claim that “The teacher can help you paint even if you’re not a painter.”
The Painting Class
When we arrived in Katipunan, our “classmates” were already painting.
I thought it was already late for me to enrol in a painting class. Normally, kids would enrol in painting classes during summer.
I saw my classmates and I smiled. They’re all retirees. Most of them are either in their 50’s or 60’s or maybe 70’s. They are now enjoying their laid-back lives. I was the youngest in the class.
I met the teacher and he was so patient. The class was from 2pm-6pm. He said I’d be able to finish an artwork by 6pm. I doubted it, more of, I doubted myself. Can I really paint?
I just followed his instructions. He asked me to wet the paper. I did. He asked me to paint the paper from lightest to darkest and darkest to lightest. I did. He asked me to draw an oblong. I did. He asked me to do this and that. I did.
And the result surprised me.
This is my first official painting.
What do you think? 🙂
Lessons from the Painting Class
1. It’s never too late to pursue a passion. Remember, age is just a number.
2. You’ll never know what you can do unless you try.
3. There is a formula to success.
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Follow the teacher’s lead. He’ll save you from years of doing trial-and-error method if you do it on your own. Don’t skimp in your education. Yes, there may be a tuition fee. That’s okay. Because your time is more important than money.
4. Be guided by someone who believes in you and in your ability.
I didn’t believe I can paint. But the teacher said I could. I just listened to him and let him drown my doubts.
If a great teacher tells you “You can do it,” listen to him.
By the way, I am also telling you, “You can write a book!”
5. If you want to make a dream come true, make it happen.
Do it. Don’t wait for the perfect time to do what you love to do. Make a decision and do it now. Have a bias for action.
Merry Christmas! 🙂
I wish you success and happiness!
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