I know I missed the Challenge on Create,
But, as always, I have something to say,
So I decided to post this under Ailsa’s Art Challenge!
I haven’t travelled, so, it isn’t famous or even someone else’s,
But I think it is applicable.
Life has been full of busyness!
Creativity, and Art is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having FUN.
So many people have said, “I wish I was creative; could draw; could sew; could make things like you”. Yes, I’m flattered, but I’m not special. Guess what? You can!
I can’t draw like some artists who create beautiful masterpieces that could be photographs, while they doodle and dream and then … draw! But one day I saw a picture and copied it, freehand. I was delighted! It was a good facsimile of the original and I have never looked back! To draw anything decent, I have to have a picture in front of me. I’ve learned to tweak and change and tailor-make the image, but I can’t do it “out of my head” – yet.
After that first copied drawing of a clown, I went on to draw my own version of all sorts of things! Sure I had disasters and frustrations when I couldn’t get “it” right. But I persevered and practiced and learned. Yes, learned. I had a fantastic Art teacher who showed me techniques, shared tips, challenged me to “see” things differently, “do” things differently. She inspired me and helped me and taught me so much. The drawing above is one of mine – my Masterpiece.
I learned to sew, knit and crochet at my Granny’ knee - at the end of a ruler she wielded in one hand! To get me back on track when I went off on a tangent you see. Quite effective, that ruler! What I’m really trying to say, if you go beyond my waffling on, is find a teacher. It may be a person or some kind of media. There’s so much to choose from and many of them come free. But there are so many tips and tricks and techniques that can take you from “interested” to “accomplished” in an organised, sensible manner, and in no time you will produce your own masterpiece.
My greatest lesson has been to just “go for it”. To experiment, and try, and fiddle around, and think outside the box. I’ve had wonderful hours of fun by myself, with my boys, with other children, and with adults. Other people have been teachers and encouragers and above all friends! Crafters have to be about the best people there are on earth! They love to share and exclaim enthusiastically over little things! Most of them are a little nutty, but absolutely delightful!
- Best Android apps for freehand drawing or doodling (androidauthority.com)
- Create a Matisse Masterpiece (education.com)
- iLuv Drawing Monsters HD – Learn to draw cute monsters step by step (themactrack.com)
- Learning to Draw: Picasso and Van Gogh (artamaze.wordpress.com)
- Summer Solstice Drawing Contest For Kids! (ecokidsart.wordpress.com)