Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I Can Draw

MD Anderson Cancer Center of Orlando held a class on learning to draw a face.  The class was taught by Angilyn Watson and was part of their mind body medicine program.  They have many classes throughout the year at MD Anderson and many are free.  The classes are for patients, family, friends and the public.

When I saw this class become available, I thought it might be fun.  Of course, the skeptical side in me said, "silly - you know you can't draw!"  Yes, I know that drawing stick figures was a challenge for me, but I'm creative and I thought, heck, why not give it a try.  After all, what's the worst that could happen.  Maybe I would just spend two hours in a class proving I can't draw or that my stick figures might look more realistic.  The person teaching the class did guarantee we would learn to draw a face.  I wondered before I went if she knew what she was getting herself into with someone like me.

Putting all skepticism and negativity aside, I'm glad I went that day.  My drawing doesn't look perfect to me but in a two hour class that was fast paced, I'm very surprised at what I accomplished.  I learned things about drawing that I never knew.  High school art class never really taught me much other than the fact that I didn't understand how to draw a still life picture represented by a bowl of fruit. 

As you can see by the picture at the top of this blog post, this is what I drew by the end of that class.  I think it looks pretty cool for my first attempt.  It helped me stretch myself a little and pushed me outside of my normal box.  Its so easy to get complacent with our every day life, but a class like this showed me that hey, look at some fun you had by stepping outside of your box.

Will I ever be a professional artist drawing perfect pictures?  Most likely I will not be, but I do enjoy creating things so this adds one more tool in my toolbox that I can have fun with.  Who knows where this will take me or what new discovery I'll come across in my moments of creativity.  For now, I'm just happy that I took the chance and had some fun learning to draw a simple face.  For me, that's worth a lot!

If you wish to know more about MD Anderson Cancer Center Mind Body Medicine Program, click this link.

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