About me, I draw and paint pictures, I make things, sculptures, sometimes machines, I sometimes live a life and other times I live in dreams. 99% of reality is only what I think is real anyway and 60% of what we think we are really is water. So there you have it, water based people.
As close to the truth as I can get.
Please don’t bore yourself to death learning to draw.
Drawing still life might teach you about composition or how to convey simple shapes like apples and such but it is not very exciting don’t you think?
I found it very boring in school so I didn’t do it now maybe it wasn’t the drawing that was boring but the teacher anyway it doesn’t matter because the end result was the same I had to teach myself.
Some help would have been very useful but I didn’t get it I was better at drawing than the teacher but I didn’t get any grades for my drawing. I was considered to be one of the best in the school at drawing according to everyone except the school and the teacher. I will not say it didn’t matter because now I am much older I know it did because I was robbed of my confidence which is what school is about when it shouldn’t be but that’s a different story not for today.
It was a big school so I must have been really quite good, 14 years later when I was more mature I went back to school, Art School and I was the darling of the school because I was good, very good, distinction good.
This was because I didn’t bore myself to death in those 14 years learning to draw. It was just very hard work because I didn’t have a good teacher. A better way to explain this is I was not motivated by anyone they tried to crush me or mold me into what they wanted. Yes I know that is what teachers are supposed to do on the face of it but when you dig down into teaching then you realize they are supposed to learn about you so as help you improve what you are good at not turn you into sheeple.
Thankfully this did not happen at Art School because they did not tell me what to do they encouraged me to do what I wanted and rewarded me with distinctions for doing it, in this environment I flourished.
My conclusion to this is if you want to get good marks in school then you will have to give them what they want whether you like it or not but you don’t have to bore yourself to death learning to draw, just draw what you want to draw as well.
I got distinctions because I was good I was good because I taught myself. I taught myself by drawing what I wanted to draw and that give me the enthusiasm and motivation to do more so I learned.
Learn to draw by teaching yourself you do anyway, really and a good teacher is only a guide to help you find your way but ultimately you are the learner and the teacher or it’s not even learning. At best it’s just regurgitating old information or ideas that are just hand me downs from others not even yours. The first instance of so called learning (school) is just remembering what others have put in your head. It might be useful but it’s not learning.Learn how to draw easy by doing it for yourself and not boring yourself to death.
Below are some of my community projects:
A mural completed with the residents of Brynteg, a small village, Nr Wrexham, N. Wales, UK, 2004
An installation piece as part of a children’s play area at The Gate Hangs High, Wrexham, N. Wales, UK. 2004
A mural designed and painted by young people in Blacon, Chester, Cheshire, England, UK. 2004
A mural as part of an installation at the Caia Park Nursery, Wrexham N. Wales, 2004.
None of these public art works where implemented or completed in isolation and would not have happened without the energy and input from so many people, young people, community members, community groups and interested parties. With reference made to Clair Evans, founder and equal partner in Community Arts in Action, which diversified to become Public Arts In Action.
“The wise ones words are insignificant to their actions, action speaks louder than words”. Ancient Proverbs