Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple. I did not take art in elementary school. Art class was a special treat on Friday afternoons in my early elementary years. But art time also meant the best reader in the class had the joyous privilege of going to the principal’s office to read aloud to her. That was me—and I loved to do that. When I got to high school we had to take something in the fine arts. I took drama and speech. I loved it.
In college I took speech, piano, art history. No drawing, sculpture, painting or photography for me. I was convinced I couldn’t do those things. But a few years ago I took a drawing class. just for the heck of it. We drew with charcoal on newsprint paper. I loved it. I am posting a photo I took of a simple still life. It was one single Rubrim lily. Here it is :-), I also have posted a still life of a single flowering bush stem in a vase. They are both so simple. Drawing actually reduced my stress. Once I took photos of the sketches I could believe that they were as good as I thought they were. Oh no, I am not saying I am museum or gallery worthy. Rather–I was happy that I could learn as much as I did!
You’re finally old enough to do what brings you joy – good for you! Wonderful story.
You made me laugh! You are so very right. That’s also why I tutor and blog. The older I get the freer I get 🙂
Wow! Very nice creations. You may be interested in this in this? It is more for photographers that use image editing software to create the textured look.
Whoa! I took a look at your site, etc. and then at the link you sent me 2nd. Here is how little i know about photography. i have a regular digital camera (no extra lenses but does have a closeup thingy.) There is a macro setting which i have never used. i kind of understand how to crop a photo for my header. I am iffy about turning the flash on or off on my camera. Yep—that is all i know. SO when i look at instructions for doing other things with photography i am initially intimidated and have to do Baby Steps! SO—i have a lot, i mean a LOT to learn. now i will take a look at the link and your site again, too. the flowers i saw on your site were amazing. AMAZing. It means a lot to me that someone with your talent thought my shot looked nice. thanks so much.
Thanks for the reply. If you would like some assistance; feel free to email me with questions. Let us ee where we can go (-:
Roger that, Rick…thanks for the offer. I will be in touch!
Opps! Forgot to include the link: http://flypapertextures.blogspot.com/
Kate, these are wonderful drawings! I see light, reflection and freedom in the simplicity of these lovely sketches. Don’t you stop! And remember, you left school ages ago, you are now free to fly!
Thanks so much! You know, my absolutely favorite thing to draw is onions. i find them to be fascinating subjects….especially if i get to show light reflecting on them, too. Thanks, Patti. I so appreciate your kind comments.
They’re good, Kate! I like them too.
Good for you 🙂
I love hearing stories like this!!!!
thanks—never underestimate the influence of a great teacher!
how fun, how creative, and what a unique take on this week’s challenge.
simply delightful 🙂
Thank you so much. What I lack in expertise I try to make up for with uniqueness 🙂
Great Simple things 🙂
aw thanks, Jake.
Lovely artwork and keep on challenging any other can’ts and shouldn’ts you have!
Thanks, Gilly. I really do need to do that! Often my tendency is to keep repeating what I am already good at (or at least adequate at 😉 )
the lily is exquisite…the still life also…have you tried water colours?
Thanks, Susan. I haven’t tried water colors since elementary school. The course i took was just drawing—and was almost entirely drawing with charcoals on newsprint. It turned out to be a good medium for me. I am a bit timid about trying paint of any kind (except painting the walls of a room!). It would good for me to branch out!!
Keep drawing, Kate. You have an obvious talent and if it takes your stress away that is an incredible bonus! BTW I like the new blog header!
Glad you like the header–i like how the cropping made it turn out. this time of year i get a bit fixated on springtime yellows. although i no longer live in the cloudy and snowy midwest, this time of year makes me long for daffodils and forsythia 🙂
Thank you Francine. I had a lot of fun doing these two sketches.
I love the lily drawing. You are never too old to learn something new, I hope you are still drawing 🙂
Thanks, Ronnie. I haven’t been drawing–but I think I need to take it up again 🙂
Thank you so very much, Ellen.
Wow Kate! These are wonderful sketches!! I love them.
Thank you so much Gracie!!
those drawings are simple and simply superb 🙂
I myself did a bit of sketching somtime back. But have not done any recently.
I probably cannot do it anymore – have spent too many years with the computer, with the keyboard and mouse. …
Wow, really? Thanks. I haven’t drawn in a couple of years–but with all the positive feedback i may take it back up very soon. :-0. i bet you could do it again with some practice.
I absolutely love your lily. I think you have a talent for drawing. I hope you continue 🙂
Wow–thank you so much! I’m glad i shared it. The actual Rubrim lily (not the drawing) has been a favorite of mine for a long time. So it felt really good to draw the picture of it.
Amazing! Nice entry.
Well, some of us are not amazed–we’ve seen your sketches and know what you can do. 😉
It is beautiful, though! 🙂
LOL! Thanks Kathy 🙂
Those are beautiful. Multi-talented I see! !!!!!!!!! You are suçh a generous spirit!
thank you so very, very much.
Simple excellence! You got it all right, kudos 🙂
wow–gosh–thanks so much! you are so kind 🙂