Friday, April 1, 2011

A sketchy sketch

I've always wanted to have a skill. Not that I'm particularly incompetent, but I don't possess any spectacular competences either. I totally suck at some things like maths, long-distance running and answering emails. I feel comfortable cooking, speaking in public and at social events. Mostly I do things semi-ok. I play the piano, but I'm not great at it. I used to play decent golf, but I don't any longer. I've been ok at most sports I've tried, but never excelled. I enjoy doing artsy stuff, but I'm not really good at it. I envy people who can pick up a guitar and play wonderful tunes. I wish I could create a master piece just by using pen and paper. Or play tennis like nobody's business.

Ok, to be fair, all people (with very few exceptions) who are awesome at something have practiced, practiced and practiced. So, if I could make a wish, maybe I should wish for patience more than anything else. But I'm usually not the one to complain. If there is something I want and something I can do about it, I usually do.

So, I signed up for a 10 week "Figure and Portrait Drawing" class. I figured I have always wanted to know how to draw but never really given it a chance. How can I know I'm not good at it if I've never really tried? The class is open to all and held at the Senior Center. I'm the only non-senior in the class and also the only one who is not a skilled amateur artist. The level of artistry in the class is amazing but nothing about the class is intimidating. I've been there twice now and the people are lovely and the instructor is very encouraging.

More as an experiment I will show you one of my drawings I've made. This is my starting point. Let's see where I'll be 8 weeks from now. Let's see if I will have developed a new skill.

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