Yesterday I came across @doctorcrypto's "Sketchbook Spotlight: A place for sketches new and old". I've always loved seeing exhibits that also show the artist's sketchbooks so I like the idea of having a place to share some of the drawings that are evidence of those fresh preliminary moments in the creative process.
My first contribution to this series will be the earliest drawings I have from my childhood. I have very little of what I made as a kid but when I was moving I came across a few things.
First the above drawing is the oldest drawing I have seen from my childhood. It was a birthday present for my father and given the writing and sentence structure I imagine I was about 4-5yrs old.
Next are 2 watercolors below that I made in elementary school. I vaguely remember learning watercolor in art class and then when I got home from school hiding myself in my room to try it out on my own. I also remember feeling excited that maybe I could make something "good" if I could find a few moments of privacy without the biting criticisms of my older brother and sister but simultaneously terrified that I would find I had no talent at all. At the time I was of course operating under the incorrect assumption that if one is born with talent then one should sit down and create a masterpiece the first try! Took me a long time to rid myself of that wrong information.
I smile when I see my initials at the bottom of the painting above....maybe I'm playing with the idea of seeing myself as a "real" artist?
Stay tuned for more of these next week and please share yours as well!
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