Maybe it's because I worked in the art business on and off for many years - call it artist's envy, I guess. I saw these beautiful pieces and I wanted, somehow, to be able to recreate them myself.
I've taken a few courses, starting at the very beginning, progressing (not very far) to watercolor courses. I've painted a few watercolors - though none of them worthy of even being shown in the cabinets at your local community centre.
But there are days like yesterday when I arrived at the office early and saw the sun rising and the clouds and I thought of Monet and how he painted clouds and I felt sad. Because it was so beautiful, so perfect, and I knew I'd never paint it.
My skills aren't in my hands, they're in my head - I have writing skills but ... I've tried music, I've tried painting, I've tried dancing. But, although I enjoyed them all, I am never ever ever going to be very skilled at any of them. The thing I'm good at? Is listening, seeing, enjoying. And I guess I'll have to settle for that.
So here, for your viewing pleasure, is one of my favorite Monets - it's the clouds for me.
Though I have to admit that I also love the train!