I would love to be good at drawing and painting, I just find the idea of doing watercolour paintings so appealing. My dad was a fantastic artist years ago, he worked in oil, watercolour and gouache (not all at the same time) and did mostly landscapes and bird and plant studies. He was incredibly talented and sold a lot of his work and exhibited occasionally, and although he kind of gave up years ago due to life getting in the way, he recently (aged 73) did a huge wall-length mural at the local environmental education centre he worked at before he retired. But no matter how much he painted he could never do people. Particularly faces.
I don't seem to have inherited his talent, but I don't know if it's because I like thing with instant results and if I don't produce something decent first time I'll give up soon afterwards. Our art classes at school were more about making stuff with papier mache and ceramics, and very little about drawing or painting. I really just don't know how to draw. But even with that I'm better than my poor husband who is good at many many things but drawing is not one of them - if he draws something you can very rarely even tell what it's supposed to be!
What I'm wondering is if it's possible to learn to draw, especially later in life (I'm 28 which I guess is kind of late for this sort of thing). Or am I screwed and should I stick to the sewing machine? I think musical ability, or being able to sing, is something you either have or don't have and I'm not sure if artistic ability is similar.
By the way, I've decided that it's about time my dad got back into his painting again so I phoned him tonight and demanded a painting for my Christmas present