So about 6 years ago, I figured it might be fun to pick up a paintbrush again. As a kid, I loved to draw and paint and mess with art stuff, but soon, my younger brother, who is a really gifted artist was producing work and getting a lot of attention, so you know, why bother? Something took all the joy out of drawing and painting for me and I was almost 50 before I tried it again.

Ours was and is a great place to come for friendly feedback, so I posted a few pix of paintings I'd made. I saw that Tr ig  had commented on one of them and was a bit apprehensive about reading the comment. The man didn't know the meaning of the word "filter". Well, at least I'd get honest critique. The comment read: "You got skillz" and it made my day.

I rediscovered the joy--of being creative with paint, of just losing myself for a few hours, of honing my "skillz". When I paint and I'm trying something new or tricky, I think of Steve.

This one is a work in progress. Inspired by an old photo of Philly in the 80's, posted by someone on FB, I'm not a plagiarist, so I'm adding my own, unexpected elements. If you remember Dr. Seuss's "To Think that I Saw That on Mulberry Street", you'll be halfway there. Dragons are involved.

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Comment by lorianne on July 16, 2017 at 6:47am

this one so far seems a bit darker than usual for you. i like it. you do got skillz!

Comment by koshersalaami on July 16, 2017 at 6:48am

Great music

yeah, his opinion mattered

Comment by JMac1949 Today on July 16, 2017 at 6:53am

Skillz indeedy-do.  Go for it V!!  Hope to see many, many more.

Comment by Rita Shibr on July 16, 2017 at 9:40am

Good to see you, enjoying your skillz,  hope all is well V. xo

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on July 16, 2017 at 10:17am

SUPER!

Comment by Veronica Corso on July 16, 2017 at 10:37am

Hi everybody! Thanks for stopping by.

Comment by marilyn sands on July 16, 2017 at 2:42pm

The very first time I heard the name Django Reinhardt was in Woody Allen's 2000 movie "Sweet & Lowdown" & just loved it.

Comment by Veronica Corso on July 17, 2017 at 2:06am

If you love Django, check out Youtube for the Rosenberg Trio--they are the keepers of the flame.

Comment by greenheron on July 17, 2017 at 3:58am

Cool! Painting is the best. Wait. No. Drawing is the best! 

I am more than seventy hours into a drawing that's barely half finished. I need to speed up. In the morning, I do warm up drawings in my sketchbook, and for the past few weeks, it's been of a small change purse my mom used to carry her subway tokens in as young girl. I've been using a brush pen, and love how fast. In fifteen minutes, it's done!

skillz. he was so funny. Like painting is graffiti and skillz is your tag :)

Comment by Rodney Roe on July 17, 2017 at 5:07am

Love Django and "Gypsy Jazz" and agree with tr ig.

Also, whether or not you got skilz, the fact that time stops when you're painting is the important thing.

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