Saturday, July 2, 2011
Blog Find of the Week
This blog find of the week is a bit unusual, as in, I can't remember where the blog is. I tried doing a few searches to no avail. So, if you know where I first heard about this or it is your blog, please contact me so I can give proper credit.
So anyway, I read on a blog that there is a good book called " Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. The blogger recommended the book for those who want to improve their drawing skills.
Fast forward to yesterday. I was looking at the garage sale ads in The Pantagraph and as I expected there were only a handful due to it being a holiday weekend. But one stood out. It was a lifetime artist sale. Lots of stuff was listed. So I had to make a decision whether to go all the way to Bloomington for just one sale. Well, I decided to go and give it a look-see.
When I arrived I was pretty disappointed. Lots of frames. Lots of old, moldy and wonky frames. A few paintings. (not really to my liking) and some boxes of books.
Well lo and behold the book by Betty Edwards was in one of the boxes so I grabbed it for 3 bucks. (plus a few others that I haven't had to time to look at yet).
I brought the book home and began reading it yesterday afternoon. As I read, I did the exercises that went along. Above is the last exercise I did. I am now about half way through the book.
So here's the thing. When I decided I was going to get better at painting back in January of 2010, I submitted a painting to WetCanvas for a critique. I only got two responses and one was. "You need to learn to draw". I was pretty depressed. But I have pushed forward. I now realize that much of what I have been "learning" has been related to Betty's theory on right brain vs left brain. But now by reading her book I can more fully understand the why of the exercises. It is all making sense now. ( I hope I am making sense!)
So if you are struggling with your art. GET THIS BOOK! I think there is a newer version that has just come out. Or you can get a used one pretty cheap.
In regards to my artistic journey this has been the best $3.00 I have spent.
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