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!