This week, I took some time out from being a journalist and tried to be something new: an artist.
Art-A-Fair offers daily art workshops, so I decided to take a stab at one — oil painting with festival artist Richard D. Keyes.
I was looking forward to the Wednesday class, but at the same time I was apprehensive because the extent of my artistic ability is drawing stick figures, stars, Christmas trees and hearts. Even a simple landscape seemed daunting. Blending colors would be pushing it.
I showed up right on time at 10:30 a.m. Keyes was waiting.
Jaye Saha of Laguna Niguel sat beside me. She had some experience painting and seemed to understand the task ahead.
The last time I remembered painting was in kindergarten, and I'm pretty sure it involved using just my fingers.
Keyes, 81, has been at the Art-A-Fair for 21 years and started painting in 1957. Patient and full of knowledge, Keyes turned out to be a valuable ally as I embarked on my painting journey.