Wednesday, December 14, 2005

a new wrinkle

New wrinkles in my face? Probably. But this is a drawing wrinkle. After having been told by my 7th grade art teacher that I had no talent and could not draw, I never took an art class or drew again. Till now. I've been admiring some of the sketches on some of the blogs and in my old age, I have decided "what the hell!" I'm challenging myself with the Everyday Matters challenges and this morning (before coffee!) I did this week's challenge, which was to draw the inside of your medicine cabinet. Naturally, I did the one in the guest bathroom which is empty except for a new toothbrush and my daughter's old contact lens case. So - don't laugh! I think my art teacher, Mr. Holly, an ex-marine who didn't like my lollipop tree, may have been correct - but gee whiz! On the other hand, I might not ever have worked in fabric if I had been able to draw...

16 comments:

Nita said...

I love an empty medicine cabinet! LOL, that's a "wrinkle" none of us had thought of before. Bravo for originality and just *starting*!

Kathleen Marie said...

7th grade art teachers who say such horrid things should be fired!!! You just keep drawing and enjoy being you! Great job!

Vikki said...

Great job! Keep drawing and having fun.
I have siblings that can "naturally" draw well. I could never draw like them, but I'm finding out that I too can draw, once I train my brain to see differently.

Lin said...

GREAT JOB!!! I too suffer from "I can't draw" but I work on it and am getting things that can be recognized!! And If I can do it -- you can too -- as your great medicine cabinet sketch proves!! RELAX and ENJOY@@!!! You're doing well!

Dale Anne said...

Rayna,
My 7th grade Art teacher said the same thing to me........and I am still struggling with making art.
Its my kind of art!
Your drawing looks great to me and your ART is FABULOUS!!!

Cathy said...

Thanks for the intro to Danny Gregory. Looks like his book would be a great Christmas gift... to myself!

gabrielle said...

Rayna, this is a perfectly acceptable sketch...well done. It would be what is considered a first or rough draft and then you would continue to refine it until it looked like you wanted. Not to dis your teacher but he was just wrong. I think you should draw more...it could be a new direction for your work.

Karen said...

Rayna,
I'm glad you've jumped into the challenges. I think you'll find it very rewarding . My 7th grade art teacher wasn't encouraging to me, either. Just put it behind you and keep drawing, you're doing a fine job.

Debra said...

Great sketch! I was thinking about joining that challenge, too, and may in the future.

Can't this week (I think) and none of our bathrooms have a medicine cabinet.

Sali said...

Rayna,
I like your drawing. It makes me think of either just moving out of a home or just moving in and seeing the previous occupant's forgotten toothbrush. I like the feeling I get from looking at this drawing. I assume that your medicine cabinet is perfectly square but I like that your lines are bit curvy and jagged. It gives a static object feeling and keeps your eyes interested. Great work on your challenge.

Terry said...

Fie on your 7th grade art teacher. It was his job to TEACH you to draw! (He obviously had no talent as a teacher) I am a great believer that drawing can be learned and improved with practice, practice, practice. Your drawing is a great start--shows you are carefully observing which is half the battle. But it's like playing the piano--you just have to keep doing it to improve.

gerrie said...

You are in a manic stage aren't you! I can't keep up with you. Of course you can draw. I was just thinking about how my high school art teacher told me this and loved the very precise drawings that my friend did. I think she put my artistic life on hold for almost 50 years. My friend? - she isn't doing anything artistic.

That is a great rendering of a medicine cabinet.

Rayna said...

Oh joy! Thanks for the strokes, everybody! My drawings, like everything else in my art, will continue to be quirky - but I know that's fine.

Gabrielle, ha ha - this is not a rough draft - it is IT. "Perfectly acceptable" is almost as bad as Marty's favorite
dry phrase, "perfectly adequate" (which means NOT). LOL. I was thinking about a new direction on my way home today from taking my mother to the doctor. In fact, I drew a sketch in 1999 that I thought would make a wonderful piece, but never did anything with it. I still have it and will post it later.

Vikki - I have an ex-brother, an uncle, a nephew, and had a grandfather who all were/are talented draw-ers and paint-ners. So I'll keep at it.

Terri said...

This is a fine effort! Pooh on your 7th grade teacher. I had one like that too, though a few years earlier and it completely killed the sheer joy of drawing for me until recently. Forget what you've been told in the past, concentrate on what you can do in the present!

Dianna in Maui said...

Hi Rayna,
Isn't it funny (NOT!) how we carry around that baggage for years? I was always good at coloring, but told I couldn't draw, so I never did. Now that I design my own quilts, I'm finding I can draw. I'm even signed up to take a drawing class from an artist I admire that starts next month, since I have no "formal" art training. Hurray for you! Aloha!

Karoda said...

Go on with you good self! and lets go find Mr. Holly and slap him just for general purposes!