Saturday, October 15, 2011
Hand me that pen...
I'm one of those people who grew up thinking she couldn't draw. I think it was partly because my sister Laura was a dedicated and talented artist who drew beautifully and I thought I just didn't have her talent. But over the years I've come to realize that drawing is one of those things that can be learned. I took some watercolor painting classes years ago and loved them but work and family pulled me in a different direction, and I've not done much actual drawing since. But recently, I've been working on drawing -- well, a loose sketching, really. And I'm having SO much fun.
I started participating in the drawing lessons Miss C is doing as part of her curriculum this semester, and we're watching lessons online by an art teacher in New York City. It's pencil drawing so it's learning about how to shade and shape using value and line. It's a whole different thing than I've ever done, and I'm finding it quite interesting.
And then, on a whim, I signed up for a short online sketching and watercolor class from Jane LaFazio, whose colorful and breezy sketch style I adore. During the first week, we drew "every day objects" -- hence the rotary cutter, below...
and this week, we're drawing things from nature -- today, for example, I worked with leaves and seed pods from a maple tree on my street.
I'm sort of surprised at my reaction to this. I love the peacefulness and meditative sense while really studying something to draw it. It's an intense concentration but restful at the same time. But mostly I'm feeling that this is doing wonders for my confidence. I'm not aiming for anything fancy, mind you, but I feel good at what I'm doing and I'm learning each time I try something new. So each time I finish an assignment, I think to myself with some surprise, "Hey! I can draw!"
Yep, I'm still sewing and working on the various projects I have going around here -- but now I can stop for 15-30 minutes and do a small drawing and I feel as refreshed as if I'd taken a nap. It's amazing.