YEAH! My Newest Book is Launched!

My life has been crazy busy over the past few months, so this book has taken longer than usual to finish. For me, the most difficult part of writing a book is declaring it finished. The temptation to check everything one last time is addictive. However, there comes a point where I just have to let it go! :o)

Drawing on Your Brain (Second Edition)

10 Week Drawing Course-in-a-Book

Strengthen your visual intelligence, creativity, memory, and drawing skills with richly-illustrated activities and exercises. This workbook also includes current and insightful research that helps demystify the amazing relationship between drawing and your brain.

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Love and hugs to my partner John (Percy) and editors Giselle Melanson Tattrie and Cailin Green for making this book a reality. :o)

Understanding Talent Part 5

The act of drawing produces a physical reward: art.

It really doesn’t matter why you draw or who sees your drawings. Maybe you hope to one day publicly exhibit your drawings. Or, you may choose to only share them with family and friends. You also have the option of keeping them all to yourself.

Your drawings serve as a journal of your artistic journey. Have you ever thought about writing a book? Why not use your own drawings to illustrate your literary art?

You can also use your drawings to decorate your surroundings with your own personal touch. Have some of your drawings framed and hang them in your home or workspace.

Family, co-workers, and friends easily become quite fascinated by artistic creations. Don’t be surprised if they soon request some of your drawings for their own homes. Of course, this is a good time to encourage them to take up drawing themselves.

Draw in a way you really love.

Every artist seems to have a unique approach to drawing. Some love big, bold, loose drawings; while others like little tiny drawings with lots of intricate details.

Deciding which style label applies to a specific drawing is not easy. Many artists choose to not label their drawings at all. Your personal style evolves each time you attempt new and diverse methods of drawing, so keep an open mind while carefully noting which of your drawings you prefer. Styles are neither right nor wrong… they just are. With time, your style(s) develops automatically.

You have already taken the first step!

Just by reading this, you are already on your way to becoming an artist. Perceived personal limitations are not obstacles; your only challenge is making a commitment.

For most of my adult life, I have chosen to share my love of art with both children and adults by teaching art.

Whether it is your desire to learn the very basics of drawing or to improve the drawing skills you already have, my tutorials will hopefully have something of interest to you.

Art has become very accessible in recent years.

Galleries, the Internet, art books, and your own community provide vast art resources.

By carefully observing the drawings of other artists, you gain invaluable information which you can apply to your own drawings. Take time to examine and appreciate a diverse range of art and artists.

Investigate and participate in some of the wonderful drawing e-groups, where international artists share tips, critique one another’s work, and openly exchange various art techniques and resources.

Check out your local community-based educational facilities and recreational centers for drawing programs in your area. You can always benefit from drawing classes and workshops, where you’ll meet others within your community who also want to improve their drawing skills, techniques and styles.

As you uncover local art resources, you’ll meet diverse artists, and have opportunities to become involved in art groups. Many art groups organize incredible workshops, taught by prominent artists, and the camaraderie and enjoyment is well worth your time.

With an interest in self-expression, you CAN develop exceptional drawing skills.

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Understanding Talent Part 3

Individuals progress at their own special pace.

Drawing is as natural a human activity as learning to walk or talk. From the ancient caves of prehistoric humans to the tombs of Egyptian and Native peoples all over the world, we have found evidence that humans used art to communicate and immortalize events and objects precious to their lives and cultures. The creators of these ancient artworks were probably not disparaged by self-doubt – they made art because it was the natural thing to do.

From the beginnings of recorded history to modern day, prodigies have been considered to be persons who acquire a special ability with little effort, and talent is understood by many to only include these prodigies. However, most prodigies begin to obsessively work to develop their skills when they are very young. By continuing to challenge themselves, they discover their ability to transcend to extraordinary levels of technical competence. 

Not everyone can become a prodigy, but everyone can develop talent. You are a unique individual with diverse abilities. Be patient with yourself: drawing skills develop over time. If your dream is to be a talented artist, you need to be true to yourself. Hard work, patience and devotion inevitably challenge a mediocre artist to become an exceptional artist.

Below is a fun, fantasy painting titled “Serendipity” that I created many years ago.

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