What do you
want - Art or
our elementary school class was divided into two groups;
everyone had to go to one of two rooms. In my first room, I was
told to draw a straight line, then to draw a circle, and lastly
a picture of an animal. Not bad for a dog or cow, or pig ? It
was my generalized animal.
I was then
taken to the second room with a piano in it and when it was my
turn, asked to sing the note the teacher played on it. I could
do that soÖ. I was told that they hoped that I liked music
better; I probably wouldnít do well in art.
I was put
into the music class not the art class. Amazing the effect that
one hour had on my life. I never learned to draw or, for that
matter, to appreciate art until much later in life.
65 years later, I decided I was going to draw. So, like so many
budding artists, I went to the internet to see what was
available. I found several drawing courses and looked at each
one to see what might fit my level, BEGINNER. I found Drawspace
would let me try some of their free lessons and I signed up,
downloaded a few of the free lessons, and printed them out. The
first one I tried was drawings made with straight lines. I went
to my recycle basket and pulled out several throwaway papers to
practice on the backs (double recycle). I spent the next few
hours drawing, what came out to be interesting fish using only
straight lines. It was fun and my fish looked like a fish. Then
I read the lesson on circles and started drawing circles, most
of which mostly looked like broken eggs. Not to be deterred, I
used up a few pencils and all the paper in my recycle basket;
but I could make a circle almost perfectly round and of all
different sizes. I even learned to make them with my eyes
little impatient, so I down loaded, shadings in an Antelope I
followed each step, getting more excited as the Antelope became
a few hours I was able to draw an animal.
Antelope Their Antelope
I now have added drawing to my fun art
list along to illustrate my first book Iím writing (I didnít
hear well in elementary school so hated reading and writing
because I couldnít spell), draw my own pictures for my oil
painting class, and can make sketches of something I want at a
hardware store here in Spain when I donít know the word. Not
bad for starting a new life at 76, no?
www.drawspace.com if you want to try
drawing or even increase your technical skills if you are an
advanced artist. After working with many artists who didnít want
to help me learn, Brenda Hoddinott was a joy to communicate with
while learning; she really enjoys what she does and it shows in
"My life lessons were born from pain, grew
into a love of drawing, and blossomed when shared with others".
some things didn't really have much meaning to me,
such as hash
marks, a way of shading. It wasn't
until I got to making circles become three dimension spheres
that I saw use for them. I love spheres and started making all
kinds of sizes until I realized I
loved the universe; plenty of circles and spheres. I started
taking up painting and found how to make the circles, spheres
using a color with different amounts of white.
thought of a name for the panting:
thru time and space on the same planet but live in different
then that I realized both my writing and painting could go
together to express my thinking.