There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love,
but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream - whatever that dream might be.
Pearl S. Buck

Friday, September 21


So, I had drawing class last night. My second class. For some really odd reason, I didn't feel like going. Now I know that was all mental, so decided to stop and get a brew on the way to class. I arrived early, got a parking space right in front of the door, opened my beer, turned on Patty G and enjoyed a few minutes of guilty pleasures. Taking some deep breathes, singing, and calming myself down.

One of the reasons I think I was so reluctant, it was the first night I was going to have to put up my work for critique. Now, I am not the worst artist in the class, so that makes me feel pretty good! I could be the second or third to worst, I can live with that. I am there to learn, and experience. Absorb the abilities of the others in the room. And make new artist friends. ha!

So doing much better last night with the quick sketches. Its interesting that no matter what you are doing creatively, you still have boundaries that make you feel more comfortable. The first night, i did sketches on LARGE pieces of paper. I didn't have time to fill up that space, and was beating myself up trying to do that. Getting lost. So last night, I cut up smaller squares, and could actually fill up the space with most of the figure and not waste time. I am glad I found that one out.

Then, on to the longer poses. I have a hard time actually seeing what is in front of me. I tend to exaggerate or minimize things. And proportion? Anyone that has taken a drawing class understands the proportion, and foreshortening, etc, difficulties. Practice. I need more practice. I got three fairly good drawings. And the teacher actually complimented me while I was drawing. YIKES!

Critique time, I select one. One that I liked... and my new friend Joan liked too. I put it up on the board. It was one of the last images to be critiqued. The two words that came out of his mouth that encouraged me, was surreal, and good line quality. In my opinion it was kind of ghostlike and unfinished. One step at a time. Soon I will be drawing all over the walls, and stuff!

OK. I am drawing. Its getting better. And I am not the worst one in the class. YES!!!!

I am really a fairly simple girl... or should I say woman? no matter. The little things really do make me happy.


  1. I want to see your art! Will you be posting any of it?

  2. Me too! Let's see!
    Oh and don't be afraid to colour outside of the lines ;o)

  3. I definately understand the critique fear.
    I actually attended a drawing class and quit after two lessons. Yes, I am a quitter.

    Please post some of your drawings. I would also like to see them, very much.

  4. tink: give me a week to atually have something to post, but yes. OK.

    Kat: of course you guys can see it! I like coloring the lines... i can't wait to see where this will take me.

    brave: maybe you should change your nick! :giggles: I don't mind it so much now that I made it past one. somedays are diamonds and others are rust, right? can't have the good without the bad.

  5. :)ha! funny.

    will that do?

    you are definately right about rust and diamonds.

  6. Bheart: whatever works for you. keep on smiling!

    happy weekend!

  7. Yay! So excited for you! Can`t wait to see your work. Have you read "The Artist`s Way"?

  8. good for you!! i'm sure you're being much to hard on yourself.

    one trick i learned in my many live figure drawing, lose the fact that you're drawing a body. think of it as an object or more simply a shape. somehow with that in the forefront of your brain as you're creating, it helps with the composition and foreshortening etc.

    just my 2cents worth.

  9. Im glad to hear your going to be posting some of your art. I'd love to see it.

  10. karma: no I haven't. maybe I should.

    becca: thanks for the insight. I will try that next class.

    goddess: aw. thanks. I hope its not a let down. give me a couple of classes.

  11. Can't wait to see your work! :)

    I don't have an artistic bone in my body.... :(

  12. I wanna seeeee! (I used to draw on my bedroom walls in chalk and paint the backs of doors in my parents old house...)

  13. Melanie, Deborah's art is amazing. The touch drawing is very interesting. Thank you for letting me know about the site. Uplifting.


  14. pissy: at some point I will put up some

    eliza: I hope to have a studio someday. you can bet we will be drawing on the walls there. :wink:

    Bheart: its an interesting way to see things. I haven't quite figured out how to read them, but I do like the images. enjoy that!

  15. If only I could leave you a sketch somewhere.
    I'm a 22-year old that draws like a 3-year old. Totally missing that part of brain, my rendition of a dog has been called a skateboard with a head on it.

    Btw, the simple things make the complicated people happy, so you're not so simple after all :)

  16. keep up with the drawing! It's one of my guilty pleasures...

  17. lance: well, now you have shattered all my illusions of you. ;)

    slyde: would love to see your drawing skillz.