This week, share a photo with a composition dominated by lines — hard or soft, straight or curvy, vertical or horizontal, or made in nature or as part of a cityscape. We look forward to seeing your interpretations!
At the Saratoga National Cemetery the tomb stones are lined up right to left and front to back. Depending on the angle they will appear in a straight row or sometimes line up in a V. In the photo on the left, can you find the V shape of the stones and trees in the background. How many V shapes do you see?
Boardwalks, piers, store fronts, picket fences, grocery shelves, and clothes lines – if you disregard the object and just notice the lines you will find interesting models to draw. In my youth drawing lines of houses, hallways, and arrows were some of my favorites. I would practice drawing straight lines without using a ruler until perfected. It has been many years since and, although no longer perfected, lately arrows are once again finding their way into my notebooks.
There are many shapes found in nature which are also interesting to draw. The shadows of trees and all the shapes they create on the ground are always interesting. While walking on the beach in Santa Barbara we found a structure someone had made of sticks they found on the beach. It was an interesting structure and as we were leaving I wondered how long it would stay on the beach before the ocean waves came to claim it.
As a child I loved drawing trees. Our Art Teacher, Mr. Notke, taught me how to draw trees when I was in grade school. I began drawing them daily in my notebooks rather than taking notes on Math, Science, and English. The photo above would have been one I would have loved to add to the notebook because there are so many different shapes captured in the branches.
Pulling all of these photos together reminded me how much I loved drawing in the past. So this weekend I will gather my drawing pencils and sketchbook once again. You may see my drawings in a future post. Maybe you will be inspired to create this weekend as well. Whether you have ten minutes, an hour or an entire day take some time for a little creativity – drawing, photography, writing, knitting, crocheting, wood working, painting, dancing, or whatever your pleasure. Finding a little creativity time is a healthy way to live and relight that spark within.
Do you enjoy finding shapes in ordinary objects? What about in tree canopies or shadows on the ground?
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