A Joy Ride in a Paintbox

March 13, 2013

“Painting is a companion with whom one may hope to walk a great part of life’s journey.”
— Winston Churchill, Painting as Pastime

The current state of my work table -- watercolors and brushes, a stack of books, and found objects from nature

The current state of my work table — watercolors and brushes, a stack of books, and found objects from nature

” . . . painting is a friend who makes no undue demands, excites to no exhausting pursuits, keeps faithful pace even with feeble steps, and holds her canvas as a screen between us and the envious eyes of Time or the surly advance of Decrepitude.”
— Winston Churchill, Painting as Pastime

I enjoyed reading Winston Churchill’s Painting as Pastime, a short book, a single essay about the virtues of hobbies and especially painting.  Churchill took up painting in his 40s, and he encourages those of us in middle or advanced age to forget about lessons and simply have the audacity to pick up a paintbox and have a try:  ” . . . the first quality that is needed is Audacity.  There is no time for the deliberate approach.  Two years of drawing-lessons, three years of copying woodcuts, five years of plaster casts — these are for the young. . . We must not be too ambitious.  We may content ourselves with a joy ride in a paintbox.  And for this Audacity is the only ticket.”

Isn’t he great with words?  I will leave you with one more quote:  “Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely.  Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end, or almost to the end, of the day.”

 

 

7 Responses to “A Joy Ride in a Paintbox”

  1. Lynne Says:

    Beautiful quote, and the photo is a lovely still life. It reminds me of the beginning of the movie, “Miss Potter,” where the camera pans slowly around Beatrix’s workroom, lingering on brushes, quills, and pots of inks and paints – the tools of art becoming a work of art in themselves.

  2. Mary Heath Says:

    Rosemary, this was so inspiring. Thank you as always! Love Mary in the Skagit

    • Rosemary Says:

      You are so welcome. I found Churchill inspiring, too. So nice to have my efforts as a beginning painter validated by such a great statesman. I liked how he spoke to those of us in middle age.

  3. Adrienne Says:

    Years ago, I had the audacity to pick up a paintbrush and decorate a little birdhouse. Since then, decorative painting continues providing hours of serenity and pride in my progress. It also provides chickadees and wrens with cheerful houses!


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