As most of you know, I love crocheting, knitting, and sewing. Something you may not know about me is that I also love to paint and draw too! I started drawing, like more than just stick figures or people with mitten hands, when I was about 13 or 14. I still have the first picture I drew when I actually realized that I could do it. I drew a picture of Julie Andrews as Maria in The Sound of Music using a picture in a book I had for reference. I thought I turned out alright so I showed my mom and she seemed pretty surprised and my impressed. That gave me the confidence to keep going. (Ha! unintentional "I Have Confidence" reference.)
Pretty soon I had drawn through the 12 months of photos in my Audrey Hepburn calendar.
Eventually I took a couple of art classes in high school and in college. I started experimenting with different media, charcoal, pen and ink, pastels, water colors. Here is a charcoal drawing of Liza Minnelli and the front driver's side corner of a Ford Mustang that I drew for a gradient project in one of my art classes. The majority of my artwork could easily be classified as "stars and cars."
My first pastel drawing surprised me when I finally finished and focused on the entire page. I don't think any of the pastel projects that followed have matched it.
Watercolors were fun. I always have to have a large scrap piece of paper next to me so I can test and retest my brush to make sure I get the right shade when I put it on the actual painting. The majority of water colors I've done have been cars. I actually used graphite backed paper to trace the outlines of vehicles from ads in a vintage LIFE magazine onto the watercolor paper because I just wanted to worry about the painting part, not the drawing part.
I have been itching to get my paints out again recently but I haven't had, or made, the time to be able to do it yet.
I made a New Year's resolution post where I said I wanted to draw some more, which I did...in January. Well, my work schedule is getting a little swapped around for the summer, so we will see what sort of time that may or may not open up for getting out my art supplies and seeing what happens!
I was thinking just now about how I finally get to use my talents to serve others working at a craft store, learning from and/or teaching customers tips and tricks on how to go about certain crafts. Of course at the library, making the canopy, having made book display posters, and story time name tags, and so many other fun things for work!
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10