My drawing and painting life
I’m starting my eighth year with art! Wow. I was just counting how long since I returned to art. In 2012 – after a long period in which I had a nagging feeling that I missed something, ‘something about color’ – and wanting to learn to draw better – I decided to join a drawing class, an online class taught by Carla Sonheim. The (online) class was called ‘The art of silliness’. Carla’s class was based on a series of worksheets much like they are used in schools. Her worksheets were meant to make learning simple, fun and easy to fit into a busy life. And it worked!
I am so happy that I found out about her that year. It was a bit of a coincidence, someone mentioned her blog on Twitter. I had a look. I loved how she came across in her blogposts. I found the course was really fun. Also being part of a group of people who love drawing was great. Something about being part of a community – something I hadn’t realized existed. One thing led to the next. I took another class, and when she started her year long class Year of the Giraffe, I hesitated first, but I joined and I am so glad I did.
At the time of that first class I considered my self a person who did not know how to draw. I had felt a calling to learn drawing for several reasons. I felt a kind of block – not knowing how to start. From her lessons and her books I found I was not alone in that. Carla taught me a lot about how to overcome the hesitation and how to just get going. It’s been such a pleasure.
One of the exercises Carla often teaches in her class is the oneliner drawing. PUtting your pen to paper and drawing without lifting the pen until you’re finished. Since the first class with her I’ve taken many more, done many oneliner drawings and I’ve come to like it a lot. A wonderful way to let go, to stay loose in your drawing. If staying loose is a problem – getting the hang of it may be a little hard. But it’s definitely worth trying it.
It’s just one of the many kinds of exercises that are around to practice drawing. This happens to be one of my favorites.
What’s your favorite way to draw?
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