The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015


I have been mulling over the idea of taking up two new hobbies.  I have wanted to learn some new things as well, and want to do this with my wife.  I already do a fair number of hobbies (fishing and hunting for example (although I have let hunting go by the wayside somewhat)). 

Two things that interest me, that my wife seems to be on board about trying are a) learning to play the guitar, and b) working at watercolor painting.  As I am fairly musically inclined already (I play clarinet and saxaphone), the learning curve in regards to reading music will be absent for me.  But, I have never really focused much on playing a string instrument before, so the steep learning curve will be the actual physical playing of the guitar.  My wife knows basic chords on the guitar, but does not know how to read music.  Hopefully the combination of knowledge we have will allow use to help each other out as we practice. 

As for the painting of watercolors, my wife and I both thought it would be interesting to try.  If I had my druthers, I would like to paint architectural scenes like the one above by Eugen Chisnicean.  I think his work is excellent!



Blogger BBC said...

I've known lots of folks that play and sing for a living and they don't know how to read music either. I learned how in grade school but don't remember shit now.

Wednesday, 08 July, 2015  
Blogger forsythia said...

Our son-in-law has a demanding career in the US Army Band ("Pershing's Own.) He plays string bass. What did he take up as a hobby? The guitar. He now owns at least three guitars (temporarily stashed at our house, as they are living with us this summer, getting ready to move to northern Virginia.)

Painting watercolors would be a challenge. With oils, I think you can go back and correct mistakes, but with watercolors, once it's done, it's done. Could be wrong about that.

Thursday, 09 July, 2015  

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