Of all the things I know I will never be is a painter…and how I wish I could be. “They” say one can learn to do these things but I always have felt that art has to come with you, it can’t be learned, it has to be felt.
I am learning to play the guitar and have an amateur’s skill on a few songs after hours of practice. I do write and occasionally do come up with an incredible sentence but I know that can never happen with painting. I can copy, I can trace, I can paint by number but never, ever will I be “free” enough to feel that I can just go “en plein air”, set up my easel, grab paper and paint and just do it. There are so many other things that I am fairly accomplished at, why is it that I focus my frustrations on the things that I know will never be mine in this lifetime? Human nature, I suppose.
Today, the woman who comes to my house once a week to do some housekeeping (thank goodness) was observing the state of my house plants. I have an amazing (and growing) collection of African Violets that I am very proud of. They are responding to my attention and it makes me feel good to have their energy and colors around me most of the year.
After several years of unsuccessfully attempting to propagate new plants from leaves, I have experienced the exhilaration of seeing at least 6 offspring bloom from one of my favorite purple specimens. I hate to part with any of my babies, but the crowding in their space has caused tiny little white spots to appear, an alarm indicating they are getting too moist…I have begun to part with a few of my prized possessions to make it possible for more air to circulate. The two persons I have given these plants to are avid gardeners so I am certain that the plants will continue to thrive under their care. It was hard to part with them, but in the end I know it was the right choice for us all.
I am feeling very accomplished and although I will never be able to sit and paint one of my breathtaking creations, I have plenty of artist friends who can do that for me. Let me revel in the knowledge that propagating African Violets successfully has made me feel very talented!
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African violet picture my own