This is to encourage anyone who, maybe in later life, is tempted to have a go at painting for the first time. I started 10 years ago at the tender age of 66! I had the urge to paint watercolour and have enjoyed every minute since. My first attempts were pretty awful but the secret is not to be discouraged and paint, paint, paint. Slowly you learn new tricks- what works and what doesn't. You are always learning and although you experience ups and downs you will be amazed at how you have improved by looking back at earlier work. Like you, I am hoping my next painting will be a masterpiece - if I live to 150 perhaps I'll do one. Meanwhile, it is fun trying!