OK, so I understand that this might not be earth-shattering news, but it is a VERY.BIG.DEAL. for me.
I have been in the "I can't draw" category since my kindergarten teacher dissed my drawing of what I thought was a pretty respectable turkey. Why have I been carrying that critical comment around
for decades? I mean, really - I can still picture where I was sitting and how the teacher came around the desk to comment on every one's turkey. Time to ponder some words of wisdom from Barbara Kingsolver: "Why is it that we let words of praise go in one ear and out the other, yet we memorize every word of criticism"? Pretty sure I've had a complement or two since kindergarten that I've totally forgotten, but the dang turkey comment ? I've been picking that scab for decades. Time to let it go!
Anyway, a few weeks ago Vivian Swift (she of the fantastic watercolor miniatures and wonderful blog and books) did a tutorial on how to draw a cat. I pulled out my notebook as I read her post, and before you could say " that doesn't really look like a turkey", I had drawn a cat - an honest-to-goodness, looks - like- a -cat cat! I scared The Captain with my screeching, "I drew a freakin" cat"!
So now I am in on the dirty little secret of drawing. Turns out if someone shows you how to do it, non-native drawers like me might be able to make recognizable drawings of simple things. Who knew? Honestly, I have spent hours pouring over those "how to draw" books, but they all assume a level of talent not in evidence. Not so with Vivian Swift's tutorial - she makes no assumptions about skill or talent! Simple shapes - do this first, then that, and pretty soon, there's a sweet little kitty on the paper.
I am envious of people with real drawing talent, and I am under no illusions that my cat has put me into that league. I 'm just happy with my kitty and the notion that yes, with some help, I can draw a cat and who knows what else? Thank you, Vivian!
PS - About that Windows H8 business. Thanks for this early birthday present from The Captain, no more hate! (It IS apple season, after all).