Learning to Draw # 2 – Fuchsias

Yesterday’s post was about my first foray into learning to draw, which happened on Wednesday last week. One of the rules I planted firmly in my mind as I started was Draw every day.

Of course life isn’t very good at opening up an hour or so each day to sketch. The next day was going to be full on, so the only chance I had to sketch was when I first got up. As I walked Harry around the garden in my PJs contemplating what to draw, my eye fell on  our fuchsia bushes…

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They’re a bit scratty and skinny this time of year, but the flowers are still perfect

I was fascinated as a child by these beautiful flowers, that looked to me like fairy lanterns. Knowing I needed to get going, I grabbed a stalk and had a go at sketching one of the flowers. It was just getting light and I only had an HB pencil – so not ideal…

Friday morning was worse. It was again the only time I had, but this time it was earlier and still dark. I had to shine my phone torch on the flower to see much at all – the lights in our kitchen/dinner are very very dim.

However the good thing about Friday was that I went to Craft for Crafters and bought a lovely box of sketching pencils…

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Saturday was pretty much the same tale as Thursday and Friday; no time and too dark, but at least I had my new pencils…

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We headed off to see Lovely Littlest on  Sunday and Monday and, although I took my small sketching book, there wasn’t a single gap to sketch in – but, of course, daughters do come first.

To my dismay, the time I’d put aside on Tuesday was taken up by an unexpected visitor. Finally on Wednesday I had an afternoon gap. I took my time, used my new pencils and sketched to my hearts content…

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Hopefully more daylight time in the coming week to draw, but quite pleased with my progress so far.

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

 

 

 

Learning to Draw #1

When I was at school art lessons consisted of being given an object to draw then being expected to draw it with no instruction how to do it. Needles to say, if you didn’t know how to draw or have a natural aptitude, you learned nothing.

Although I’ve often thought how lovely it would be to be able to draw, I’ve never needed to be able to draw and spent most of my life thinking ‘I can’t draw’ – yes, I know that’s a negative belief that stops me learning to draw. However this year I’ve really enjoyed quilting….

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I wanted to do more ‘drawing on fabric’, but apart from a bit more quilting…

 

… and scribbling on cards…

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…what more can you do if you don’t know how to draw?

So last week. armed with an HB pencil and a sketch pad,  I headed for YouTube. First I watched Connie Gordon’s how to draw a landscape method, because serendipitously an old book had fallen open at a page about this technique when I was clutter clearing couple of day before. Here’s the landscape I drew…

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I then watched various how to draw videos. I learned how to draw a ball…

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… then applied the principles I’d learned to draw a picture of the tree stump in my garden…

Since my ultimate aim was to be able to draw pictures with my sewing machine, I had a go at drawing a landscape in thread…

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I also wrote my name freehand to help improve my  dexterity with the sewing machine- unfortunately concentrating so hard was too much for my dyslexic brain and I forgot how to spell my name..

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Quite pleased with my first foray into drawing.

Until next time,

Bekki x

PS Any hints tips or recommendations appreciated.