One of the most common things for people to say is ‘I can’t even draw a straight line!’. To which the cheeky answer is ‘use a ruler!’
Who wants to be able to draw straight lines? Where’s the fun in that? I know that it’s just an expression used by people who don’t feel able to draw anything realistically, or don’t particularly want to, but it’s an interesting statement.
Here’s a brainteaser for you – how many lines can you see in the picture below?
How many lines are there? There are three.... two black ones and a white one between them!
Yes, one and one equals three - things aren't always the way you assume they are......
This is the great gift of art, and why it can enrich our life. By practicing drawing everyday objects we begin to notice all sorts of subtle things that we would not have noticed otherwise. The more deeply we can focus on just copying exactly what is there in front of us we will begin to notice more and more in the ‘ordinary’ objects around us.
One of the basic functions of art, and artists, is to notice things that others don’t.
Every time we work creatively, we are helping to breathe new life into the world. Even if we are faithfully copying an old master, or singing someone else’s song, or playing a great piece of music, our own nuance will be there, making it our own. Our skills grow every time we practice, and it is the tiny steps that move us onward.