Oooo! I Can Draw Curved Shells!

As I grow and change my skills actually gain a little traction. Somehow my hand learns how to lift, touch, and move. When I took my drawing class and we were covering a new concept, I always hoped I would get the chance to sit beside a student that I privately called “Big Girl”. And NO! She was not Big in a physical sense. i would never nickname someone a name like that even privately. BUT she drew everything BIG. If we were sketching an acorn, she would make it the size of the newsprint sketchpads we used. If I recall those pads were 18×24. If I sat to her right and watched while she drew, my drawing improved.

This fits exactly with how I seem to learn anything physical. For instance, when I took ballet I could learn a new routine after maybe the 2nd time the teacher showed it to us….IF her back was to me and she was directly in front of me. If my dance teacher had her back to me but was way over to my right or left, it took me longer. If she faced us and showed us what to do, it took me even longer.

Anyway, when we covered some of the still life concepts I got to sit beside her. This sketch I did at home. It has curvy shells 😉

Curvy Shells from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Sketched from Diagonally above the Shells

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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6 Responses to Oooo! I Can Draw Curved Shells!

  1. auntyuta says:

    Interesting how you best learn anything physical. I started recently a beginners’ Yoga Class. The instructor talks very softly. He talks us through all the exercises. Even though some of the exercises seem a bit familiar to me now, I still need to hear him talking in order to know exactly what comes next.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      That’s interesting! That is how I remember mental things (like classroom based things). But mental things–like how to do different blog or computer or excel related things it works best if someone shows me. I can learn it without that—but i fight uphill. Is yoga hard to learn?

      • auntyuta says:

        What we have to do in the class is fairly simple. It’s a beginners’ class for elderly women! I feel the exercises are good for my breathing and to improve balance. A lot of the time the instructor tells us when to breathe in and when to breathe out. I find these instructions very helpful.
        I think to do the more difficult postures it’s better to start at a younger age. Still you can always improve a little bit.

  2. Northern Narratives says:

    I really like this drawing 🙂

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Thanks—I loved it when I handed it in to my prof. The prof…not so much. I think he wanted me to draw not from above but as though I as sitting with the table at eye level having to draw the shells in perspective. I still love it! I was amazed I could draw the shells as realistically as I did :-). Too surprising to be bragging if you catch my meaning.

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