Art Is Fun!
Winston Churchill, in addition to being one of the greatest leaders of the 20th Century, was also a painter. Churchill began painting at the age of 40. He painted purely as a hobby, though some critics have said that he could have been a great and professional painter if he hadn’t been so busy leading the world!
About painting, he wrote:
“Just to paint is great fun. The colors are lovely to look at and delicious to squeeze out. Matching them, however crudely, with what you see is fascinating and absolutely absorbing. Try it if you have not done so before you die”.
Another former world leader, President George W. Bush, just opened a show of his paintings of other world leaders at his presidential library in Dallas, TX. Bush began painting after he left office as a stress-reliever. The paintings in this exhibit are the paintings of a beginner, but watch out! Former President Bush is passionate about painting and is sure to grow artistically.
When Churchill and Bush were little boys, they probably expressed their imagination through fantastical, imaginative drawings and painting as most kids do. Both Churchill and Bush, as adults, began painting as an escape from the pressures of being prime minister and president. They returned to art because “Art is great fun!” as Churchill said.
Art is fun.
As one eight year-old girl recently wrote, “I like being an artist because it’s a nice, settling, thing to do.” Winston Churchill agrees. George W. Bush agrees. I agree. Don’t you agree?