Ever since I was a kid, I’ve drawn…at church, at home, in the car, while on the phone, etc. On my clothes, shoes, legs, arms, hands, whatever I could get my hands on.
In high school they (the art department teachers) wanted me to go to an art school…I could not imagine doing what I so enjoyed for ‘work’…plus I had a big brain for science.
A friend of mine said a few years ago at one of her art shows that everyone is an artist. I wholeheartedly agree. Hello, we are created in His image and He is the Creator.
Psalm 139:13-14 NLT “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – and how well I know it.”
Recently I’ve been trying to return to ways that I know work for me. One of these is drawing during church. I think it may help me to focus and not get so distracted. Over 8000 people attended our church during Easter weekend…distraction is perhaps not a big enough word. Anywho, when I was a wee one I would draw a lot at church as my brother and I spent most of our time sitting in the pew with Mama. I didn’t like kids’ church or whatever they called it back then, and my brother liked to primarily absorb the spoken Word in an unconscious state. At least the pastor didn’t call him out from the pulpit if he was sleeping. Yep, we went to one of those small churches where everyone not only knows your name but a whole lot more too. My pastor back then yelled a lot, spit a lot and sweated a lot. I’ve never seen Pastor Jeff do any of that at SLFC for which I am eternally grateful. Now I feel it is ‘safe’ to sit in the front rows at church. Anywho, I digress… distraction can take many forms…
For the last few weeks, I have increasingly gotten more into ‘drawing’ words. A lady a work this week was amazed at how many letters I could make and how fast. Relax, it was a work project, completely backed by my boss; however, the experience reminded me that God equips whom He calls, and I can use this to reach people. She really liked it, and it touched her that I took the time and effort to do it. Sweet, huh!?!
I’ve also decided to use all the photos I’ve taken and start making my own postcards. I like my local postal workers. Smart, detail-orientated people…talk to ’em sometime, they are fun. It’s been a learning process, so don’t expect one of my picture-cards in the mail anytime soon. I have to make sure I’m legal size and all…especially since postage is going up again…I so enjoy letter writing…alas…I now have a website/blog that absorbs most of the time that I use to spend writing my friends.
My Mom is awesome at several art forms, and she recently got into sculpture. When I was a kid she did a lot of chalk drawings. I started with a pen, but love pencil sketches. I would like to learn more about painting, photography, sculpture, etc…the list would be endless…
Still life drawings are a great way to experiment, practice, and improve your potential.
Left over wax from candles…especially with the multi-colored layering effect is fun to carve, but it can be very fragile.
Whittling wood is a hoot too.
Metal is interesting and I suggest it for those of you who will actually try it…copper is fun…thin sheet, use metal tools and ‘dent’ it…ya’ll be amazed at what all you can do.
I am totally not done with this post yet, but the Library is closing…