The ability to draw is not a gift.  I think people don’t understand this because drawing is not taught to them when they are young.  Giving anyone tools without the instructions will always be hit and miss.  Drawing is a learnable skill, but it is a skill that takes a great deal of commitment to master later in life.

There are only two drawings from my childhood that I remember.  The first was a picture of a favourite bird, a willy wagtail.  I was very young and carried the picture over to one of the older girls to show her.  I think she was polite about it but I remember there was giggling as I walked away.  The second was in primary school.  I drew a face from a book.  My friends would not believe I had drawn it freehand.  And that was the point.  I had drawn both these freehand and felt each was something more than my usual rough-hand attempts.  I remember a sense of marvel.  I remember it was not shared.

I whole-heartedly recommend Betty Edwards’ “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”.  The drawings I have placed in the Gallery are from the classes I took back in the late 80s.

When the teacher was pinning “Having A Break” on the noticeboard, she started scratching at it.  It was only an instant.  She turned to me with a look of astonishment at her actions.  She explained her habit of peeling off price tags – off everything – and had tried to peel the price tag from the magazine cover in my drawing.


There are some examples in the Gallery.

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