What started my love for painting 22



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I was asked what started me off painting. Well I didn’t paint much as a child. I had a pencil in my hand a lot though; Drawings of ladies in ball gowns featured in my drawing books. I was easy to entertain obviously, so I had coloured pencils for birthdays. I scribbled and doodled all the time.

I was briefly involved with an after school painting class, but don’t think I felt I was good enough, so gave it up, in those days girls were not encouraged to think of art as a career. Typing or nursing was my fate.

Little did I know one day I would go back to my first love and gain so much from it.

My interest really got serious when my children were growing up, I started painting very startling nudes, I had a life size one at the top of the stairs, the local minister was on a committee, with my husband, and often called to see us. His expression as he caught sight of my self-portrait was priceless!



I tried to keep up some painting, and produced a couple I was happy with, but still was very much working in the dark. I had no lessons and no guidance, until I went on a painting weekend with my husband. He was trained for 7 years in graphic art so had a head start on me. My poor painting that weekend made me feel like giving up; but I got a book and some oil paints and tried again. I copied from the book and used that method until I gained confidence.

That year I actually sold a few, paintings of our garden, and sea scapes. We were both entering competitions in Melbourne. My husband was selling too; it was a good spell for both of us.

When we left Melbourne and became country dwellers, I had some time on my hands for a while. Folk art was popular so I had some lessons in that, eventually selling small painted frames, house nameplates and plant pots, in fact I painted anything that stood still, and took it to the fish and chip shop where it was sold for a few dollars.


Since then I have joined a couple of art groups where we paint and help each other, one at the Learning Centre I attended for five years once a week. My friends in all the classes are an inspiration, I have watched some come in scared and hesitant and then saw them blossom to develop amazing talent and improve so much I am green with envy at the beauty they can create.

We run a small group in U3A (which is University of the Third age), but no exams are ever taken of course, we are just a group of older people who love painting. I think my style has changed over the last few years; my folksy painting has given way to a more restrained style. I make a lovely mess sometimes, am untidy and my brushes are not neat and clean as they should be, but what I lack in tidiness I make up for in sheer dedication, and if I am painting well, which is rare, I am in a world of my own, and it is a very happy place. What it gives me is a sense of achievement, a feeling of worth, great joy at the sharing of my work with others, and even feel it’s a bit like meditation, it calms the soul.



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Jacqui Lee

Jacqui Lee is 75 and now retired but the last ten years or so have been some of her busiest. She worked at a hospital, where she took several Certificated courses, she cleaned a school, helped to run two conventions, wrote short stories, started painting, and in fact is never bored even now, "I honestly feel we are lucky to still be upright and breathing, and my motto is, Remember yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but live today. I love fun, clothes, food and friends."

  1. I love the paintings shown in this article. Are they by the author?

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    • Of course they must be and I like them too.

    • Yes they are my paintings, I have sold and given away most of the these. But am doing a new one with the little boy as a Remembrance day item.

  2. I enjoyed art and music but was steered to an education that was deemed more financially beneficial. Would have been nice to have maintained greater involvement in my younger days.

  3. My daughter gave me a water color set for my 72nd birthday suggesting it was time I did something for me. Have started learning and love it

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  5. Lovely paintings Jacqui. Especially the last one of the hydranger (?). I too find painting very calming and can’t the time get away from you? I run a drawing group for our local U3A and we are thinking of going onto painting next year.

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    • Good to hear, especially U3A we are a very small group ourselves but have some great painters. Always striving to be better though!

  6. Do all arts and craft except xstitch. Have never mastered it.

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    • Among all sorts of things my mother used to Tatt with a bobbin. Beautiful lacework. A mates wife also used to do some sort of lace with 10 or 12 long thin bobbins. Do you do these?

  7. Hope to do some painting when I retire and I would like to do a florists course as well as I love arranging flowers.

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