Last weekend when the wife and I went out for supper, we had some really great conversations about a lot of stuff. Where we were eating displays paintings done by local artists and she asked “don’t you ever wish that you had the ability to to do something besides work?” She knows me too well, because I have no artistic talent of any kind. I replied that I had always wished that I had some kind of talent, but I really don’t have anything that I am really outstanding at.
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My wife has some talent as an artist, but can’t paint anymore because the paint makes her ill.
That got me to thinking this week and I have thought about it off and on. Below is my self-proclaimed artistic talent or should I say lack of:
Drawing/Art – Drawing stick figures and an occasional room with a ruler are about all I manage. I used to do a pretty good job of painting D&D figurines but that was more copying and blending than anything. Grade D
Singing – I sound like a tenor frog croaking or at least one that others want to put out of their misery. Can’t carry a tune, but I sure am willing to everyone’s displeasure. Idol sure isn’t my next stop. Grade F
Dancing – No sense of rythym, I just get out there and have fun, but haven’t been dancing since 2003, so I guess it doesn’t count. Not very graceful Grade D
Drama – I have a bad case of CRS (Can’t Remember Shit), actually I can, but rote memorization of lines is not a strong point. As a former teacher, I learned to “perform” in the classroom (if you can’t you are not a good teacher). So I can act a little bit, but it is improvisational, certainly nothing formal. Grade C+
Photography – Might be something that I could get into a bit, but just haven’t taken the time to actually try. But I do enjoy photographing “stuff”. Besides I just have to find the subject, not create it. But I am too literal in my interpretations and don’t get into the depths that a photographer actually reaches for (unless it is by accident) Grade C
Music – Don’t play any instruments, tone death (I kill people when I try to play music), can’t read music, but boy do I love to make noise, just have to make sure no one is around when I am. Actually I love music, but someone else better make it. Grade F-
Writing – This one intrigues me, because I think that I can tell a pretty good story, but except for technical writing for work (which I do a lot of) or school and my blogging, I have never actually taken the time to try writing. Score Undetermined
So I don’t have a lot of talent in the artsy - fartsy end of the multiple intelligence, which makes me extremely jealous of those that do! I wish I had some real ability in any of these areas, but this side of humanity as much as I wish it wasn’t is very foreign to me. I try to play in that sandbox, but I always seem to fall out or get thrown out for good reasons. But I would like to explore the writing end a bit more, just have find time and the right subject
Oh well maybe I should explore what I am good at in the next post…. Just to make me feel better
So what do you think you are good at in the artsy – fartsy world ?
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