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How I Learned To Draw - Or, Not So Much....

Updated on October 16, 2013

There are many things I’m good at, some things I can get away with, and then – there are the things I’m flat out terrible at like drawing. I swear, about every single pen I’ve ever put to paper draws some sort of mongrel dog. Doesn’t matter if my intention is to put that red apple in the bowl in front of me on paper with oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, or colored pencils, or if my current model is a nude man (well, a girl can dream) or a beautiful seascape all aflutter with waves, wind and gorgeous sand dunes. I can just sit and sit, stew and stew, and then? I magically end up drawing a dog. Sometimes, even the dog is unrecognizable....

I've about given up trying to learn to draw but, ah, there’s something in me that just won’t let go. So, when a good friend of mine gave me a Christmas present last year of the beautiful deluxe art set you see here to right, I was ata it again. I sat right down, got the fresh pad of watercolor paper, and put brush to paint. A few minutes later, a figure started to emerge. I was hopeful until a few minutes later, it was obvious that I was painting yet another dog.

But, just because I kind of suck at being creative with pens, paints or about any other art media, doesn't mean that you are. And, I just think that you can't go wrong giving someone an art set with a fresh pad of paper for a Christmas or birthday gift. Come see just a few more items you might want to bundle in with that deluxe art set, scroll on down!

Note: That image you see in the background is actually a watercolor painting I managed to somehow create after about $700 worth of lessons.

I'm a fan of jumping into any craft I choose with both feet. So, now that I own a beautiful art set, it's time to really learn how to paint and draw. Here's a few things that I've got ordered to do just that.

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner
Drawing for the Absolute Beginner

On my wish list. Maybe it can get me away from drawing dogs.

Art Alternatives Canvas Panel (8 X 10) (1-Pack of 12)
Art Alternatives Canvas Panel (8 X 10) (1-Pack of 12)

These canvas panels are already primed with gesso and ready to be your blank canvas for your own painting masterpiece.


It looks so darned easy when these instructors paint clouds, rocks, or about anything else in these videos. I've studied them and studied them. I swear, it just looks like it's too easy to do. When I try? You guessed it - I paint a dog.

art sets
art sets

Do you like to mess around with art supplies? Note: Those pictures are paintings done by my Mom and Dad when they were 90 and 89. I was hoping someone was a Grandma or Grandpa Moses but no go.

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    • mel-kav profile image


      5 years ago

      Great lens. There is no creativity that sucks. Keep enjoying!

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm really liking your painting (what I can see of it). I took a water color class years ago. Should give it another try.

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      Scott A McCray 

      5 years ago

      Actually, I think you're pretty good - so there! ;-)


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