Friday, April 16, 2010

Surpise! An unexpected extra post: Learning to Draw

I've spent my entire life in awe of artists. There is something magical about taking a blank page, a lump of clay, slab of granite... you get the idea, and turning it into a thing of beauty. I've always wanted to be magical, and in this world, art is about as close as you get. The only problem was, I couldn't draw. Period.

Not only that, I couldn't sculpt, paint, or anything else in the visual art spectrum. Nothing. Oh, I'd try from time to time when one of my kids would say, "Mom, draw me a cat." I'd work really hard and hand them my masterpiece. They'd frown, scrunch their noses up, level me with a critic's eye, and say, "That isn't a cat."

Yes, it was that bad.

I met a wonderful artist who told me anyone could learn to draw. I flat out called her a liar. On more than one occasion. Yes, I'm that nice.

Lucky for me, she's kind, patient, and just a little stubborn. She honestly believed I could learn this magical ability to make images appear on paper with a pencil.(See it is magic. Just think of the pencil as a wand.) Back in September, she ordered me to show up for an art lesson. I came to her front door clutching a number two pencil and a few loose sheets of computer paper. By the end of the lesson I had this.



Magic.

By February, this.



Now I'm working on this. Keep in mind it's a work in progress and not even close to being finished.



Isn't my friend and art teacher amazing? I know I have a ton to learn, and a lifetime to practice, before I can call myself an artist, but I'm giddy with excitement. It's almost like I've found a secret power that I never knew I had. Discovery. Creating. Learning. Three awesome things that make living incredible.

What new things have you tried lately?

9 comments:

Eric and Connie said...

Amazing!!! I almost don't believe that you couldn't draw before. I seriously couldn't draw to save my life. Great job!

Amie said...

Very impressive. You've taken up writing, now art, what's next? Flying to the moon, lion tamer?

Anonymous said...

Look at you go - Master of many talents! Thanks for all the fun!
Jonene

LeishaMaw said...

Eric and Connie, thanks! And you could draw! All you need is the right teacher, and I know her. Before Sept. I really couldn't draw a stick figure right.

Amie, I don't like flying, but lion tamer sounds intriquing, or maybe tightrope walker? But then again I have this height issue. Hmmm. Maybe I'll settle for training my cats.

Jonene, you rock. You are the best teacher ever. Thanks for giving me a wand. :)

Marne said...

your amazing! good work leisha!

Irene B. Gardner said...

Leisha: You are incredible and so is your wonderful, remarkable teacher (that must be Jonene). I've got goose bumps, dear one. Yes, these are that good.

Irene

LeishaMaw said...

Thanks Marne' You are amazing, too.

Irene, you gave me goose bumps. Thanks a ton.

Anonymous said...

Wow, you are talented. I love the eye. When I was in high school, in my drawing class, that was my favorite . . . the eyes. They add so much life. If I could only balance the rest of the face. . .
Keep up the good work! Maybe you can illustrate books now too!
Angelee

Kathryn said...

Leisha you're either an artist or your art teacher is a miracle worker. Your drawings are incredible!!!! I need to get her number!!!!!

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