I am a beginning artist.
In 2000, I took a beginning art workshop for classroom teachers.
It was taught by Mona Brooks, demonstrating techniques in her book, Drawing With Children.
I drew every week with the five-year-olds in our homeschool co-op.
Otherwise, I only drew for myself, and gradually I have become slightly confident.
I have been drawing birds from a book which shows five steps for drawing North American Birds.
I have drawn five of the forty-six in that book.
I am loving the opportunity to learn on my own.
Drawing anything gives a person a detailed appreciation for it.
If you want to learn another way of drawing, I recommend Zentangles.
You can google it.
Very personal, very quiet, meditative repetitious patterns of lines and shape and curves in a small doable format.
Drawing is so quiet compared to what I have done in the past – music.
It is quiet, meditative and relaxing.
And I am enjoying my quiet, persistent, consistent progress.
I can read “how to draw” books and have a little more understanding of what they mean.
I can do the exercises and find them coming more easily to my hand.
It is a quiet growing competence which I enjoy very much.
© 2012 Kathryn Hardage