Drawing My Heart Out!

Drawing My Heart Out! Hello Friends! Here we are another week longer, and yet another week stronger, mentally, physically, all of the above. Not complete of course without a few bumps in the road. …

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Drawing My Heart Out!

Drawing My Heart Out!

Hello Friends!

Here we are another week longer, and yet another week stronger, mentally, physically, all of the above. Not complete of course without a few bumps in the road. My mind has been a thunderstorm lighting up with excitement at the moments I get to draw.

Here I am at the end of my drawing book “Drawing On The Right Side Of  The Brain”. I have been finding myself lingering on the last 30 pages. I don’t want to finish it, it is that good! I have learned so much. Here is my before drawings of my husband, hand, and myself portrait.

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I am seeing everything so different. Learning is such an amazing thing. With huge growth inside and out. I am seeing so much more beauty to my everyday life. I know each and everyone of us take the beauty of the world for granted. We are so used to what we are used to seeing.

The next time you are talking to someone anyone, take a moment to  really look at them. Again really try to notice them. See how their hair parts off to the side. Look at the flecks of color in their eye. Try to really notice all of the lines in their lips and the shape of their eyes, how the light reflects off of certain spots. After I started really seeing I started creating real art. Here is my self portrait done three weeks after.

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It is amazing to really see everything in its entirety! Before this lesson we were instructed to do a profile drawing of a real life model. It was hard getting a model who would sit for an entire hour. But I finally found my lovely Cousin Britty! And here she is, after roughly four redraws, adding some charcoal and erase lines later and here is what I produced!

Profile of Britty

She turned out beautiful. After these lessons I started really looking at everything in a hole new way. For instance how blue the sky is and how many different shades the clouds are, the sky is so beautiful and I have just starting really seeing it. I live near the front range, the beautiful Rocky Mountains and I have looked at those ever familiar mountains a million times. I can now see all of the lines and the shades that surround them. They are breathtaking, and I know people always say that. This time I actually grasp those words.

I encourage you to look up and look around at what has always been there right in front of your eyes.  All we have to do is see what is right in front of us. It has been there all along.

With all of this beauty combined with my lighting storm of a brain I have produced some of my best works. All bring me so much more fulfillment, happiness, and closer to a better more passionate and improved me.

I hope you are seeing more today, smelling the flowers, feeling the wind blow on your face.Watching the world transform into a green wonderland, with blossoming trees and colorful flowers emerging from the ground. Spring is in full effect and I can’t wait for what it has to bring.

Today really try noticing how beautiful this world is, go outside now that it is warm enough for many outdoor adventures. Use nature or art or people for daily inspirations. All of these thing can uplift us all, the world is our canvas and our eyes and our ears and our skin are a sponge and our mind is the paint brush! So get out there and get inspired to be the best, happiest, most amazing version of yourself you can be! Until next time friends!

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My Drawing Journey!

 

MY DRAWING JOURNEY

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“NURSE A BABY”

Hello Friends!

Here I am another week later, another week stronger and more determined to change to world through my art and words. I have make it more than halfway through my new favorite self teaching book DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN 4th edition by Betty Edwards. I have came to some big time challenges and break through with this book. Making me really second guess myself and my knowledge of what art is. Until this book I was so intimidated by drawing most everything that wasn’t a cutesy little cartoon image I came up with. Hands were frustrating, understanding how to correctly draw a room was even more so. Until now that was. : )

This book is life changing! I can feel myself shifting from left brain mode to right brain mode. It is a game changer. Try to see if you can feel the shift with the Vases/Faces illusion made famous in 1915 by a Danish psychologist Edgar Rubin.

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In this image you might find yourself asking what you are looking for? If you really focus in black you will see two facing profiles and if you make the shift you will see in white a curvy vase. Mind boggling isn’t it? If you are up for an even bigger challence grab a clean piece of paper and #2 pencil and try drawing this picture. If you are right handed draw the left side and if your are left handed draw the right side. Use your hand or a piece of paper to cover the opposite and copy the lines exactly as you see them. Next draw horizontal lines across the top and bottom forming the shape of the vase. Now move the the other side. This is where a little confusion might ring in. Now in proportion draw the other side of the face naming all of the parts. Forehead, eye, nose, space between nose chin. About half way down you might find yourself in more confusion. So you were told to create a face out of a vase. Sounds impossible. When you are finished shade in the facing profiles and look intently at the faces and now at the vase. Now you have got it! Your brilliant mind is making the shift between right and left mode. Can you feel it? And it wasn’t as intimidating if you can slow down and break down the lines and see how the shapes curve and move.

This is one of several activities/lessons brought to blow your mind and make you more aware to the lines of the world. I never would have thought I could learn this much at my age. My lesson is never put limitations on ourselves. Books are a necessity to being the best version of ourselves. I spent under $15 ( I found this book on Amazon and it was on my doorstep in two days!) on what I could imagine being a several thousand dollar art class. In the last two weeks I have grown so much as a person, an artist, a writer, even as a mother. I am looking at everything in a whole new way. The world is a bunch of lines and shapes and there is so much light and darkness and feeling to everything. Bonus I am seeing results and expanding my art portfolio!

Here are some of my new works! A chair, to the viewer you may think oh that’s a nice looking chair. But to the artist, wow! The negative space, the shapes the curves so much to it. Have you ever actually sat down and tried to draw a chair that looks real? Look at the negative spaces between the legs and the back of the chair? I never had before. It was challenging even with the instruction. There was so much to it, I can’t believe I drew this, and now I can draw furniture that looks real!

This lesson was so far was my toughest challenge, I must have drawn on my picture plane at least sixteen times. And no exaggeration there. I sat on my kitchen floor with crumpled up upon crumpled up saran wrap balls. I was sweating, I was swearing, I was second guessing if I could even do it. I was second guessing the lesson. My brain was going back and fourth from left to right mode. My eyes were losing focus. And then I had a breakthrough after my border lint panic attack I began seeing. I began really looking at the chair and I started really drawing everything that I was seeing. After the toil there was light and relief! The exercise said to give yourself one hour and this took me a little over three hours over a two day span. Of course having three children uninterrupted time and with my melt downs combined with theirs I would say three hours was not too shabby! : ) So after everything here is what I drew with love and frustrations and growing in mind!

Wooden chair.

Chair drawing

My hand holding an eraser.

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My hallway done from a one point perspective.

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My living room from a two point perspective.

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I hope you all will be inspired to see the world in it’s beauty of lines, shapes colors, darkness and lightness. I inspire you to find books bring daily enjoyment and challenges to your life. Find hidden talents that might not be as much talent as they are a learned and taught skill. Look around your house you see it every day, but are you really looking? And look at the people around you, are you really seeing them? Look into their eyes and see the light beam across, the freckle on their cheek, the pink in their cheeks. Look at the wrinkles in your hand and all of the lines following they are beautiful. Until next time friends!

June finished Portfolio