Monday, February 24, 2014

Gratitude Monday -- Drawing It Out Edition

Over the years I've known people who let their fear of how they think others see them get in their way.
That is, they refuse to try anything new lest they not be perfect at it.
I am grateful I am not that way.
Oh, sure there are some things I have more sense than to try. It's not because of how big a fool it'll make me look, it's because sometimes it's the little voice warning me off.
I pay attention to the voice.
Said voice has been eerily silent when it comes to drawing.
Art is not my thing.
Neither is music, but it did not stop me from teaching myself rudimentary guitar. While I'm not good at it, playing fires up my brain and I think better, do better, and write better.
If I'm having trouble writing I'll strum a few chords or pick out a melody and soon the problem is solved, or as happens now and again, forgotten.
This brings me to drawing.
A few weeks ago I had a picture in mind to do with a scene I was writing. I had the urge to draw it. Further, I had the urge to draw it properly rather than a render a few scrawls that would shame any self-respecting refrigerator.
This led me down a most wonderful path. The web is filled with sites dedicated to drawing and how to do it. I looked up several of them and played around. I've sketched howling wolves and hawks and noses and ears and eyes and dragons, and well, you get the idea.
It feels good.
I'm enjoying myself and it's one more way to express myself. I sketched out the scene I had in my mind and added a few things not in the original version.
That was fun.
I have a pencil, an eraser, and scrap paper.
It's all I need and I'm having fun.
I am grateful for that and for not letting lack of talent hold me back.
See for yourself:

Nose tree and son , the nose and ear tree.

Here be dragons.


solarity said...

I love the nose tree!

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Mary Anne.

Tabor said...

This is so important as we age that we take up those creative things that restore us and help us escape from our mundane lives. I wish you well on this journey.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thank you, Tabor. It's good to take the mind out for a bit of exercise.

messymimi said...

There's no rule that says you have to be the best in order to do it an enjoy it. Good for you!

Those dragons look like they guard something.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Messymimi.
I'll have to ask them what they're about.

the Bag Lady said...

Those are awesome! I am impressed.

Leah J. Utas said...

Aww, thanks, BL. I'm having a blast doing them.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Dragons! Yay!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Crabby.