It's time to learn something completely different than what I know how to do, something that complements my interests in gardening and photography. I have given up on the notion of taking piano lessons since I can't seem to coordinate both hands. I am not really interested in picking up the coronet again -- we already have a brass player in the house, who practices regularly now that he has rejoined a summer band.
When I was in Washington DC last week, I met my friend Sidney Lawrence for breakfast. We covered a lot of ground, including this interest I have in doing something completely offline, something I don't know how to do. We talked about what Sidney knows best: painting and drawing. He thought a class on color might be in order, perhaps even one that focused on works on paper or mixed media.
I'm going to start a bit smaller, with a watercolor class offered at the Volunteer Park Conservatory starting next week.
The conservatory is one of my favorite places in Seattle, located north of the Seattle Asian Art Museum in a 48.3 acre park designed by the Olmsted brothers and completed in 1912.
Either I'll enjoy it or not. If I do, then I can move on to other classes.
For me, it's important to keep learning, keep moving forward. The whole of the Emerson quote that I've excerpted in the headline of this post is as follows:
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."