I heard about some paintings and sketches recently discovered from a famous artist, when he was young, before he knew how to paint. For some reason these "beginner" works were highly regarded, maybe because they showed the origins of his greatness? I can't even remember who it was. But, that might be more about my age now.. ha!
So, back then, I made a conscious decision to save my artwork, you know for when I became a famous artist. It is great to dream big!
Well, I have been wading through my life as I unpack the towers of boxes from my studio. I am simplifying my life and my studio and it means getting rid of a lot of things that I thought I needed to keep. And now I am making a conscious decision to release these drawings back to the universe, these drawings that are from my childhood that I long ago forgot I had. So I took pictures of them, and tossed the original crumbling papers that I saved for so many years.
I was about 7 when my mom signed up my brother and me for a community art class, just to keep us busy. It turned out it was for adults, and my brother was quickly ejected from the group. I wanted to stay though. And as the teacher kept "teaching" us about pastels and still life compositions, I just brought in my toys to sketch. And, now I get to immortalize them on my blog, so I hope you enjoy these, from my childhood. They bring back many fond memories!
|This one is acrylic. I remember being frustrated at how hard it was to control the thickness of the paint for the black line. I really like this one now. The bright flowers really pop!|
|A pastel, one of many of my good friend, Gumby! The pastels are not fixed. It is amazing how much clarity still remains despite some obvious smudging is many of them.|
|My grandmother gave me this little lion. I still had the lion too, who was really decomposing in the box where he was stored. I let him go too!|
|One of several still lifes before my teacher gave me permission to bring in a toy to sketch.|