I have had a desire to write since high school. After reading Steinbeck, Hemingway, Orwell, and others, I wanted to write something meaningful. I still want to do this. It can be fiction or non-fiction or poetry. Unfortunately, I have not been able to express myself with words as well as I imagine in my head. There are many reasons for this limitation, some I know and some I know that I don’t know. Regardless, it’s a frustration.
Part of my desire to write is to create. I want to make something. I am terrible at things that involve tools. You name it, I’ll find a way to do it wrong. I played the trumpet when I was in middle school and high school but I was mediocre at best. I am not coordinated enough to play the piano or guitar (oh, but how I wish I could!). I hate the sound of my own voice so singing was out of contention. I was in theater for a couple of years in high school and even starred in a couple of plays. But, my introversion has continued to grow and I am constantly reminded of how I look (not good), so acting is out of the question.
Also, for most of my life, I have told myself that I can’t draw. Here’s the thing, I never really tried. So, I decided I was going to start drawing and painting. I don’t intend to be great at drawing or painting. Rather, I want to have an outlet for some creativity that I make with my hands. Perhaps drawing is too strong of a word for what I am in attempting. It is more along the lines of sketching and adding color to it. I’ve only started about a month ago and I’m having fun. I mean, my pictures are crap but it is a fun challenge. I have taken a couple of courses with SketchbookSkool.com (Danny and Koosje are great!). The way they present the material (and the other instructors, as well) really takes the pressure off to make something that someone will want to hang on a wall. I am not trying to be a great artist or even a respected artist. I am hoping that this creative outlet will spark other creative activities in my brain and in my life.
I think that I might post some of my drawings on this site from time-to-time. Since nobody reads this blog, it feels like a safe place to show my work.
To start, here is a pen sketch with watercolors and another with just pen