Gg: Grandma Moses, It’s Never Too Late, and You’re Never Too Old

During April, I will be blogging about how creative people can practice their craft every day and what rewards will come from the daily effort.

Gg: Grandma Moses
It’s Never Too Late, and You’re Never Too Old

Despite social cues to the contrary, it’s never too late to pick up a pen or pencil, violin or embroidery needle, camera or canvas. You’re never too old to start practicing your craft.

Case in point: Grandma Moses, a painter admired for her rural scenes from an early America. Think quilts and tablecloths, roasted turkey and pumpkin pie, horses and hillsides. She’s your typical success story: the right person stumbled upon her work at the right time, and —viola!—world famous. Except for one endearing, inspiring, no-excuses-for-you-or-me fact: Grandma Moses did not begin painting until age 70.

That’s worth repeating: Grandma Moses did not begin painting until age 70!

It’s not that she wasn’t known until age 70, but that she didn’t even start practicing her craft until her seventh decade of life. She wasn’t too old, and it wasn’t even too late for her to gain wide renown.

Not that you have to become world famous. The point is, Grandma Moses conveyed images people needed to see, even to this day. You might have something to share others need also, but you won’t know until you pick up your tools and get to work. Maybe one person will appreciate your work, or maybe the whole world.

Art connects us to each other, makes us feel less alone and understood. For that, we need a lot of different types of art and artists. Therefore, whatever your age or stage in life, get started. Go! Do it now! I mean, really, what do you have to lose? Plus, if you start today, you’re one day younger than you will be tomorrow, so get going!

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8 Responses to Gg: Grandma Moses, It’s Never Too Late, and You’re Never Too Old

  1. EcoCatLady says:

    How inspiring! A dear friend of mine took up painting in her late 30’s. Ten years later she’s completely supporting herself as an artist. Just being reminded of that makes me happy.

  2. Alex Hurst says:

    So relieved that I can have a fresh start at that age! Means I can focus on one craft until I’m good at it, and then pick up another! 😛

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
    A-Z Blogging in April Participant

    • TRISTA says:

      You always have the best attitude, Alex! This is it exactly. I saw an exhibit of an artist I admire, Nikki McClure, and at the time, the exhibit literature said she had practiced her craft for 15 years. I’d been practicing teaching for almost as long, and it dawned on me that I could try dedicating the next 15 to writing and art. In other words, it wasn’t too late.

  3. I know this to be true. Lots of friends who have taken up painting late in life and have created beautiful work. I’m not going to reveal my age, but have a second novel about to be published this April. If we are what we eat, how about we are what we dream of being? Love your blog. Great job for the #Challenge.

    • TRISTA says:

      RIGHT! Stepheny, you won’t believe this, but in my draft for “Y,” I use the same “you are what you eat” phrase and change it to “you are what you practice,” whether it’s habits of mind or crafts or dreaming!

  4. Rajlakshmi says:

    that’s very inspiring. Age shouldn’t be barrier to pick up new skills 🙂

    • TRISTA says:

      I’ve been reading your blog about yoga, and I think it even applies to yoga. Maybe if someone starts yoga for the first time at age 70, they won’t be doing hand stands, but they can still learn the most fulfilling and important parts of the practice, yes?

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