January 20, 2011

Drawing lessons...

I mentioned at the first of the year that one of my goals for the year was to learn to draw.  My friend Myra has been practicing and has become an expert at drawing ballerinas. I, on the other hand, have not drawn a thing.  

I am doing something though.  For one hour a day/four days a week, I'm SLOWLY working my way through some art courses.  Three of them concentrate on drawing.  So far I'm simply learning what I don't know and how hard it is to do what I thought I did know.  (does that make sense?)    

Today is Thursday and I'm on page 36 in Carl Purcell's book:  Your Artist's Brain.   I have to draw a picture of a pear and a can with some dried weeds.  I could be at this for a while. sigh.



  1. Just remember Bonnie, there are no straight lines in nature, they are manmade; you are an artist not a draftsman. Enjoy your drawing and go with the flow................

  2. I am trying to learn to draw portraits so I can understand what you mean and I am SLOW as well...just dont give up..Have a great day:)

  3. You have made me smile, Bonnie. I suspect you will be better at this than you think. Me on the other hand? I'm still sure the foundation of all my problems is that my drawing just isn't up to snuff.

  4. Go for it- you can do it! The two books that helped me most at this stage of the journey were "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards (the Artist's Brain one sounds like it's similar), and "How to Draw What You See" by Rudy de Reyna. The last one is more technical, more "how-to", the other more about seeing and attitude.
    And it's totally worth it, and totally do-able. I still remember the thrill when I first did a drawing that looked exactly like I wanted it to!