Still Life from an Active Charcoal

A lovely little still life drawn in charcoal. I am not Picasso, I am not Van Gogh, nor am I Salvador Dali nor any of the modern art geometric or splattery folks. I am Kate.  A VERY amateur artist with a heart full of love and a drawing full of fruit :-).

This still life reminds me of my friends and of God. See those shiny spots? They are like the joy from God’s bounteous love. His love is what makes us shine. Part of the banana is behind the other two pieces of fruit. Thus, part of the banana can only receive shadow and not a shiny spot. What does that mean? It means that we must be willing to have God reach us. Otherwise we just remain in the shadows.

We must be children of His light. The Prince of Darkness loves to tell us it doesn’t matter. He tells us it doesn’t matter if we are too busy to pray and spend time with God. He is WRONG. It matters. Each day I must make God my top priority. Otherwise I clumsily roll into the shadows like that banana. The banana is only partly in the shadows. I am stronger and better if I am fully in the light.

Anyway—back to my drawing. I was so excited when I finished this drawing. My professor taught me how to make the fruit look realistic—to notice the curve of the apple, how to put the flecks, shading, and shiny spots in. I was as excited as a little girl when I finished. I couldn’t contain my excitement, even right there in class. That alone, as my mom says ‘was worth the price of admission’. :-).

Still Life from an Unstill Charcoal

The 1st time I drew a shiny spot on an apple and a lemon!

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 Still Life from an Active Charcoal

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Thank you LeRoy. I love the shiny spots. When I learned how to do it and it came out shiny-looking I asked the prof to come and look at it. I think he may have thought I was a little nutty—but that’s ok with me 🙂

  1. Hi Kate, I like your drawing a lot! Blessings, Ellen

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