I am amazed at the artistic talent some lucky people have. It is such a gift. I'm jealous really as I cannot draw to save my life. I got Grade E in A Level Art, one step short of F for fail! The interest was there, but definitely not the talent.
My Dad can draw. It was his hobby when he was young. So much so that when he was a teenager, an artist who lived in the village saw him drawing and asked his parents if they would allow him to train as an artist, but they refused. He continued with his hobby and the drawing above was one he did when he was 20 years old, so that would be in 1943. He drew a whole series of film stars of the day, but sadly, those drawings are now falling to pieces. Last week Karen and I decided to photograph them so that they can 'live' a bit longer. We sent Dad copies and he wrote straight back saying we 'had made his day'. Bless.
My sister inherited his artistic bent and became an Art teacher. She taught secondary school pupils for over twenty years before she retired due to ill health. She has been known to paint on Church walls - no, not Graffiti! - she was asked to do a Noah's Ark mural.
Zachary Quinto drawingOn my side of the family, artistic talent skipped a generation (me), and it is Karen who shows arty tendencies. She likes to draw, and like her Grandfather before her, she draws current film personalities. She will even draw while watching TV. Here is one she's just finished.
Much to her disgust, I don't really know who he is or what films he's been in! She's just told me he's in Heroes on TV. What do I know?!
Brighton Seafront SculptureTalking talent, does anyone know which artist created this sculpture on Brighton seafront? I would like to know. My photo captured the old couple sitting next to it and I think it's a nice shot, seeing them and the 'kissing couples' together. The sculpture is made from a sheet of metal with holes drilled in it to let the light through. Very simple but very effective I think.