Before the advent of photography, people were taught to draw and paint to capture the things they saw in everyday life. Some painted people, others replicated images of natural scenes. Great battalions and their uniformed leaders also featured greatly.
Some read deeply into their inspirational material and created vast, complex, awesome and imaginative masterpieces that took years and lots of persistence.
Others (to my untrained eye!) seemed to paint comparatively little, but I must have missed something, because their work also found a place on many gallery walls!
With the arrival of photography, there was less need to capture images of people and places on canvas, as we could create magical ‘true to life’ images on paper. And then digital photography arrived and paper images became unfashionable 🙂
Now we take photography for granted and cameras are built into all sorts of gadgets as well as being a tool in their own right.
In modern times, artistic drawing and painting classes have become specialised and no longer seem to be a part of the everyday curriculum in schools (unless one is specialising in art subjects). Too often, I hear my peers say “I can’t draw, not even stick figures”. But I wonder whether they actually ‘can’t draw’, or simply were never taught ‘how to draw’. I know I am certainly one who belongs in the latter group. I participated in numerous art classes at school, but never took a drawing class.
Some years ago, I decided to teach myself how to draw, and I can now produce something reasonably acceptable with a lot of time and care. But when it comes to using colours? Not a chance!
There is no doubt that there are many very talented artists in the world who have probably never been formally taught anything – their skills just come naturally. They choose a scene, look carefully, measure a few things up with the end of a pencil, then sketch. Then paint. It is so wonderful to watch!
Luckily for me, I live in the age of amazing digital technology and I can photograph the lovely scenes I come across. I could even ‘cheat’ and put a paintbrush effect on each, but it just isn’t the same! But it will have to do until I learn how to get the colours right!
Here are a selection of my favourite photos. How I wish I were a talented painter so that I could turn them into paintings! (I would need to specialise in water painting techniques, as I seem to be particularly attracted to water features!)
This post was inspired by the Weekly Writing Challenge: I wish I were…..