It’s never to late to learn something new.
I am blessed to have recently spent time with Don’s sister, Earlene. We have been to Europe together and she is an intelligent, delightful, hoot. A superb travel companion, always open to a new adventure.
While here in Fairhope, she saw a painting of a tulip and instantly wanted to learn how to paint it. Because I’m an art teacher, I took a picture of the picture and we began that afternoon.
As most of you know I have been an ART teacher for over 45 years now (ouch !!#!*!) so I know how to instruct her to draw then paint. (When you draw on a canvas and then paint, you are using your left brain. When you paint from your imagination, no lines involved, you are using your right brain). Earlene is definitely left-brained… and that is good.
This gorgeous tulip was her very first painting. I am so proud and she is so hooked.
When Earlene went home (Orlando) she bought paints, canvas boards and found a picture that she wants to paint next. I suggested using chalk or pencil for the drawing on the canvas board because it’s easily removed with a kneaded eraser. When she asked how to get the picture transferred, that’s another subject all-together. There are several ways but I suggested she draw it herself.
Now we have switched from a painting class to a drawing class.
They started to look at the picture. The only hint I gave them was to put the picture in quadrants and pay attention to shapes and angles.
This concept is not mine. I found the lesson in a right brain/left brain drawing book… over 40 years ago. I taught this art class in several Junior Highs, college, in my home studio, rehabs, and community centers.
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