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My Secret Dreams of Lion Tamers, Artists and Showgirls

Watercolour painting

Perhaps I’m experiencing a slight mid-life crisis. I’ve certainly struggled with the idea of turning 40 and I’ve been feeling pretty fed-up for the last week, so I’ve been re-assessing my life a little and I’ve realised I’m not doing a many of the things I really enjoy. It’s so easy to be busy all the time and to find excuses not to do things you love, but filling your time instead with watching monotonous rubbish on the telly (Eastenders I’m thinking of you) and with constant social media noise.

Looking back at the things I wanted to become as a child they were fabulous things like an artist, a ballet dancer, a showgirl, a lion-tamer. And no matter how unrealistic those dreams might have been, they are still some of the things I love now.  Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mum, I love my husband and family and I love my blog, but I want more. So whether it’s doing some painting for half an hour instead of watching TV, like today, or watching a ballet, or dressing up as a lion with my little boy. I hereby pledge to find more time for all of it!

What did you want to be when you were little? Will you try to grasp a bit of that magic too?
This is the first painting I’ve done in years – it’s not finished yet (in fact the paint was still wet when I took the photo), and the subject matter isn’t very original it’s taken from an ad in a magazine, but it’s a start!

p.s. Then I did the Audrey Hepburn painting (below). What do you think? I’m not making life easy for myself by trying to paint on of the most beautiful women who ever lived, but it was fun trying!

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Hepburn

5 thoughts on “My Secret Dreams of Lion Tamers, Artists and Showgirls

  1. Helena Justina

    That is an absolutely brilliant painting! It doesn’t matter that you sued a magazine photograph as inspiration; you were able to see the light and dark and use just a few brushstrokes to convey the essentials of the portrait.

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    • Mary, WHV

      Thanks Helena! I appreciate the encouragement. I’ve really enjoyed starting to paint again, I just wish I could make more time to do it! Did you see the Audrey Hepburn painting I added later? I’m really pleased with that one :)

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  2. KATE SARSFIELD

    They’re stunning – keep it up girl! And can I add that I wish I’d found your site ages ago; love the B&W photos – social history in the making …

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