...starting to find my way about TAC; what a special place Thaneeya has created.

2015 I'd earmarked to make a start with drawing - even though I'm 1947 vintage - it's never too late to learn?  Quite where to start is a little perplexing, so I 'dabble' for the moment.  Am in total awe of the artwork I see posted here and admire the dedicated patience displayed by so many.  I'll take baby-steps shall I?

Only my first year of high-school provided an art-teacher and to my recollection just a single excursion down the back of the school-grounds to the creek to 'draw what you see'!  The rest was learning the masters - it didn't mean much to me at all then though.  Besides, I didn't believe I could draw.  Show me the way....I think we needed projects of how to use pencils for a start; maybe that came later, when I was  thrilled to make it into a commercial-course (typing/shorthand/book-keeping) and that wiped out art and home-economics (cooking/sewing) participation.

Yes I've posted some zentangle-inspired-art from a few years back, and I see that as more a little experiment with doodling, rather than drawing.  That came about when a friend had gifted me with a Zentangle kit package after my husband of 43 years had passed on from melanoma in 2010.  I found myself totally absorbed through to the early hours of a morning; it was a most cathartic exercise.

Living on the east coast of N.S.W., Lake Macquarie, Nature-study has always been a part of me, and .. I enjoy gardening (when the heat of summer has waned!), creating digital-collages; photography and bird-watching.    Much of those experiences were captured in my blog Snap Happy Birding and also Snap Happy Online.  They're both open for viewing/posts and should you visit there (which I hope you will if you've made it this far), you will note that I made a closing post on each of them late last year.  I had to make room to fit that start to drawing in somehow.  

Maybe there's more here than you needed to know.  Thanks for checking me out, and I look forward to enjoying your art and being inspired ... over and over.

ps - and should you browse my blogs, and should you like to use any content in your art, just 'send a message' to enquire.  I'm really happy to share inspiration!

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Comment by Sandee Setliff on February 12, 2015 at 9:32pm

Good luck and I am a vintage 1950 gal myself, never to late to try something different!

Comment by Pat on February 13, 2015 at 12:45pm

I'm a vintage 1954 gal...lol...........we'll all create together Carole. I'm so glad that you found us here, you fit right in!

Comment by Carole M. on February 13, 2015 at 3:57pm

tks for your comments - it's a good place to be for 2015 I can see...

Comment by Jess on February 14, 2015 at 12:12am

Hi Carole, its lovely to meet you, and its never too late to start a new endeavor and learn new things. I can't wait to see your art, you must have a lot of inspiration if you've been doing a lot of bird watching and photography. Oh and by the way we live not too far from each other, I'm in the Hunter Valley NSW, we have such gorgeous local scenery and wildlife to paint and draw don't we? I am also a beginner having just started art in the last 6 months, now I just have to get skilled enough to draw it, lol. All the best

Comment by Carole M. on February 14, 2015 at 12:50am

thank you Jess - I agree, our locations offers some wonderful scenery - though that seems way too complex for me to start drawing yet.  I enjoyed looking over your art and you sure have produced a lot inside of six months; well done!  Are you doing classes too?

Comment by Jess on February 14, 2015 at 4:53pm

Hi Carole, thanks for the kind words about my art, no I am self taught out of books, and youtube videos. I would love to take classes someday. All the best

Comment by Carole M. on February 24, 2015 at 1:31am

thanks Susanne for your welcome to TAC; I know I'm really going to enjoy doing the rounds...

Comment by Carole M. on March 1, 2015 at 4:27am

thank you Cathy for your contribution ... it is a great idea.  Shading with a pencil is something I'd planned on spending some time with.  Had already made up some sheets with squares on them to go from light to dark etc. 

Comment by Jean Marie Baney on May 21, 2016 at 9:44am

I have lost my husband of 45 years 18 months ago and discovered Etegami this past winter.  It seems to bring out the joy in me that had gone away for a season.  What beautiful art you have produced! 

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