Monday, April 13, 2009

Art In Many Forms

I took these pictures during a walk to our car from church yesterday.
I don't really know much about them other than whatever the signs by them say.

I have been thinking about trying to draw or sketch or doing
something creative along these lines.
Not sculpting statues though. Ha

A few months ago I checked out some books on beginning drawing from the library.
They sparked my interest a little more.
The past few times I have gone to the book stores I have looked at some
drawing books to maybe purchase.
All of the ones that I picked up just didn't look like anything I would learn all that much from.
I have thought about taking some classes and may someday.

I have just been wondering though if art is one of those talents you either have or don't have. Would classes really teach a person how to draw.
I have a feeling good artists are just born with the talent and if you try to teach them the natural creativity would be hindered.
To anyone reading this that knows more about art than I do,
do you agree with that or disagree?


Betty Flocken said...

OH I LOVE these statues! Based on the artwork I've seen you do, I'm sure you can do these beautifully too.

Rudee said...

That's some nice scenery on the walk to church. I imagine that artists can be taught-hence the art schools that abound. Do you remember the guy on the PBS show that used to paint nature scenes? I can't recall his name, but he was mesmerizing.

Renie Burghardt said...

Oh, your pictures are beautiful, Brenda!

I tend to agree with you. Artists have a natural ability, but techniques certainly can be taught. So, someone like myself, will never be a great artist, but I can enjoy drawing or painting for my own pleasure and relaxation.

I did take some oil painting lessons from an artist friend, a few years ago, and enjoyed it immensely, but haven't done it in a while.

You would probably enjoy it as well.

Have a great day!



Brenda said...

Thank you for the compliment. I appreciate it and your visit!

This church is in the city of St. Louis, so we had to park in a garage, and I did enjoy the scenery along the way. I think I remember the PBS show you are talking about, and there may have been more than one show. He made everything look so easy. Now I am curious about those shows...need to see if I can find out about them.

Thank you for the compliment on the pictures. I have wondered if many of the famous artist ever really had lessons of any kind. I just thought that lessons can sometimes stifle creativity for exploring, or thinking outside the box as they say.

Patty said...

The statues are lovely.

About the drawing. I was going to take some watercolor classes. I don't know how to draw. So the first thing they taught me was how to mark off a page the teacher had given me, and then mark my drawing tablet into sections and what ever was in that section on the page the teacher gave me, I was suppose to put in the section on my drawing tablet.

I was going to surprise my husband who can draw, does pen and ink drawings, paints in oils and acrylics, does calligraphy, has done some wood carvings, and does it all from his head.

That's one thing I don't think I could do, I would always have to have a page with something all ready on it to go by. Maybe not.

Anyway, I was so pleased with my drawing (a dish of roses) that I had to show him. And of course he said, why pay a teacher when I can teach you, and that's as far as it ever went.

Do I wish I had kept going YES. Because if I had, perhaps I would be doing some beautiful watercolors, either from my head, or something I would be looking at. So I left the drawing and arts up to my husband, I stuck to handicrafts, like basket weaving (I don't like) tried knitting (no good at that) tried paper quilling I think that's what they called it, where you roll and curl up different colors of paper to make it into a small picture. Tried ceramics (didn't like that), tried painting wooden items like a small duck and etc. didn't enjoy that. Tried needlepoint, felt like it wasn't good enough. So I have stuck with my crocheting from the start. One thing I didn't enjoy was having to leave the house to take some of these lessons, I like to stay home and work on things. I even took one of those all day painting classes, you pack a lunch and when done you take a painting home with you. My family thought it was terrific, I didn't like the way it looked.

But if you have the time and the money, take some drawing classes and see if you enjoy them.

Remember Grandma Moses I believe she was in her seventies when she started painting, because her arthritis kept her from doing her embroidery work. So go for it.

Thanks for your visits to my place.

Gramma Ann said...

I love the statue of the children and the birds. The photos are lovely.

I have a sister who paints and draws, she was more or less self taught for years, but she later decided to take lessons and I really think they helped her. Why do I say that? I thought that her paintings were nicer, even though they were nice to begin with, there was just something about them that I felt made them nicer after she took the lessons. I say take the lessons and enjoy yourself.

I will post a picture she painted and gave to me on "My Reading Blog" sometime today if your would like to see it. She painted it many years ago, but I like it.

MYRA said...

I bet you would learn a lot from some drawing lessons! 8-)

There are people who need a bit of direction in the arts, and there are those that are just born with it! 8-)

Sandy said...

Instead of buying books, over at they have lots of tutorials in many different sections. You might really get inspired with these. Love the statues.

Brenda said...

Thanks for all of the advice. It sounded like maybe your husband did not take classes and had that natural talent. I like to try just about everything at least once just to see what happens. Good reminder about Grandma Moses.

I did see your sisters art work and left a comment about how nice it was. Love that bridge.

Lessons would probably be fun anyways. I need to get out of the house for something fun for a change!

I am going to go to the web site that you recommended. I have spent a fair amount of time at your blog looking at all of your sidebar sites.

Thanks everyone for visiting!

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