It has been 4 years since I decided that I wanted to improve my limited drawing and sketching skills. I bought books on how to draw, perused creative sketch web sites, and purchased a plethora of wonderful sketchbooks, pens, pencils and even a fancy silk pencil bag. I made schedules of when I would draw and told myself over and over that I was going to learn to draw. All of those purchases brought me no closer to sketching even though I would occasionally actually put pen to paper. My one foray into public sketching resulted in a museum employee looking over my shoulder and announcing that I obviously was not an artist!
Today I made the big leap into formal lessons. I have a dear friend, Janet Sellers, who in addition to creating fine art and sculpture teaches art to children and adults. I figure if she could be so successful with children she could teach even me. My lesson today was on how to use the arm not the hand, how to hold the pencil and an introduction to the kneaded eraser, proper posture and seeing shape, light and shadow. That hour flew by. My drawing doesn’t look any better than the 5 year olds that Janet teaches regularly but my understanding of drawing is vastly improved. I had a lot of fun too! I will keep you all on my drawing progress.