Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I Picked Up My Pencil

As most children do, I liked to draw.  I can still remember what the studio looked like where I took art lessons.  Then, as so often happens as you get older, I stopped drawing.  I stopped making time for it.  It was no longer something I did.  Several years ago, before both my boys were born, I took a drawing class here at the local art centre and fell in love again.  Then the boys came, my priorities changed as they do and I stopped drawing again.  When the boys were no longer babes, I again took an interest in drawing with them.  But now I was drawing as an adult and I just couldn't seem to do it.  One of two things would happen when I sat down to draw.  One, I had no idea what to draw and my page remained blank.  Or two, I had something to draw but it didn't look as I thought it should look and I would be disappointed.  I envy the boys.  It seems that I just need to suggest doing some drawing and they can sit down, pick up a pencil and start drawing.  I don't know if they have a plan or if they just go with their pencil.  I don't know but I want a piece of it, whatever it is.

The past weekend, I had 20 minutes to myself before we had to head out the door to friends' for pizza.  What to do?  There wasn't a lot of time but I wanted to do something so i picked up my pencil and started drawing a leaf.  Then I drew spirals, lots of them, because I didn't care what it looked like but I did want to know what it would look like.  And it looks like I'm drawing again.  i think I may need to go treat myself to a new pen.

Check out this video.  Warning:  Viewing may lead to the purchase of watercolour paints.


  1. what a great post. i agree we seem to just put down the pencil & then when we get older we then just over analyze & judge ourselves. children are just so much more free with their art.

  2. Hooray, Tara! You are drawing too!! How lovely. I adore your sketchy, swirly leaves. And your post is just spot-on. I'm going to try my hardest to draw more often, I really hope you do too! :)

  3. I loved this video. Hmmm, I went to art school and still struggle with making art. Thanks for the inspiration to try again.

  4. i'm glad you are drawing again - great leaves! i seem to often forego drawing for some other craft pursuit (usually fibre related) but I keep urging myself to spend more time with it. i hope you get yourself some new supplies and do some more drawing.


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