Thursday, 1 December 2011

I Wish I Could.....

I feel like I need to take some action with finding my passion, rather than just answering all these questions.  It’s probably time I started to banish some of my fears and start trying some new things.  I’ll still keep working on my lists but I also want to be trying some things out at the same time.  So I thought it would be good to start a series of blog posts about all the things I wish I could do.  Or maybe a list of all those things I dreamed of doing, even though they’re probably ridiculously impossible. 

So first on the list of I Wish I Could…

I’ve always been amazed at those people who can draw, paint, sculpt and create pieces of artwork.  Now if you’ve ever played Pictionary with me you will know how terribly bad I am at drawing.  What’s even more humorous is I also taught art for 2 years up in Dampier.  The grade 1’s and 2’s thought my artworks were pretty cool thoughJ.

I was walking through Fremantle the other day and there was a man sitting at a Café with his art pad and water colours painting the harbour.   This just seemed like such a nice thing to be doing on a beautiful sunny day.  I have tried to take an art pad around and do this but have never really persisted.  Maybe because everything I produced was just so simplistic it turned me off.  And I think if I’m not good at something straight away then I generally just give up.

So where does that leave me with wishing I could draw….I think that I can still give this a go, but I’d like to try drawing electronically.  I haven’t got access to any good software so I have been doing a bit of research on how to use Microsoft Paint for drawing.  I’ve started playing around with Paint and having a go with using some of the tools.

What I’ve managed to learn so far…
  • Draw a particular shape using the curved line
  • Use the fill tool to colour
  • Use the selection tool to move things around and delete and
  • Resize and copy.
What I managed to produce is nothing earth shattering, as it was really just a way to practice using Paint, but it’s a start.  I feel like it’s not a totally impossible wish to be able to draw digitally so I will keep working on this and as I produce something will post it here.

What is something that you wish you could do?  Maybe now is the time to challenge yourself to something new!!!


  1. Mel for years I also wished I could draw, paint etc and it wasn't till I was well into my 30's that a friend said you can be taught to draw and basically it is just practice and not overthinking too much about what you are doing...after a few lessons with her I ended up at art school at the age of 38...and a new world opened up to me.

    I think it is important to give time to a little creativity, it can satisfy you in ways that other stuff just can't.

  2. Thanks Vicki that definitely gives me hope. I always assumed you were an artist from way back ;-)). I’m actually really enjoying trying to draw and design on the computer. It’s very challenging, but at the same time when something works, it’s really satisfying!


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