For those who wish to draw more

About me, Andrea October 25, 2007

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I’m Andrea—happy to have heard about DrawMo! I have no natural drawing ability at all!! When my children were young they used to fall out laughing when I tried to draw something for them. But I desperately wanted to draw and bought several instruction books—all about cylinders and cones and boxes—and all no help at all. I decided you were either born with it or you weren’t and I clearly wasn’t so I gave up. But then I read a review of “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” and rushed out to buy it. Changed my life. After working my way through the whole book (drawing my hand to look like a real hand was a peak moment) I came to believe that it was a skill one could learn. So I’ve taken lessons and generally thrown myself at art over the years. I still probably don’t have the facility of those with a natural talent but if I work hard enough I can usually get where I’m going. I have a website (andreasart.doughtie.com) if you’re interested in looking at my paintings.

I’m retired and live in rural Vermont and paint obsessively. The month of drawing every day will be an excellent exercise. I really look forward to seeing everybody’s work.


Self Portrait (“At Last!) alkyd on masonite


3 Responses to “About me, Andrea”

  1. architheque Says:

    That’s an amazingly good painting for someone who has no natural drawing ability at all! :)

  2. India Amos Says:

    Yeah, really.

    I’m not sure I believe in natural talent. What I believe in is, perhaps, natural interest or natural affinity. If you’re interested in drawing enough to keep doing it once you get out of elementary school, you get a lot more practice at it. And the more you practice, the more you learn. I doubt there are very many people who’ve been drawing regularly since they were children who are still bad at it. It just takes time to learn to translate what you see into a two-dimensional representation, and to learn to use your materials effectively.

    Have you looked at Woolgathering? Elizabeth started drawing only a few years ago, and she does beautiful work now. I just bought one of her drawings, in fact.

  3. India Amos Says:

    This video of a talk by Sir Ken Robinson on creativity and education is relevant, I think.

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