I've always counted myself very fortunate for the passable gift of words with which I've been blessed. But the more I see of the creative world, the more I admire of other arts.
On Wednesday, I was in Exmouth to judge the town's Art Group Annual Exhibition. And I wanted to share some of what I saw there, because it's very well worth seeing.
Firstly, I was more than a little nervous about the judging. What do I know about art?
This is me, at the exhibition, looking a little daunted and quizzical (to say the least). But I needn't have worried, because everyone was so kind and made me hugely welcome - a very big thank you for that.
There were three hundred artworks to judge, and it took me almost three hours, and much agonising to come to a top three. This is the third place - Riding the Waves, by Pat Tubbs.
What wonderful life and joy in the brushstrokes. (See, it didn't take me long to get the hang of the terminology.)
Here's the second place - An Estuary Evening, by Mark Loman.
Beautiful colours, capturing the evening light. A really moody, moving painting.
And here's the winner, Golden Harvest, Devon, by Clare Evans.
I thought this was stunning; for me it captured the county I love at my favourite time of year.
So, I had a splendid evening and came away greatly impressed. We are so lucky in Devon with all the talented people here, and how much they love the county - that was clear from the artworks.
The exhibition was so inspiring that I did, briefly, toy with the idea of having a go at painting, but you'll be glad to hear the thought has now gone away.
I'll keep working at getting the hang of words first...