For some reason, we assume that your grandmother had a gene that allowed her to effortlessly draw and paint from the time she was born.  You apparently did not get that gene, or so you think.

There is a secret.  Imagine trying to watch a 3-d movie without the special glasses they give you before entering the theater.  Sounds confusing!  Most people do not know that they are seeing two images of their world and why it makes drawing so difficult. Yes, you have two cameras, that is, two eyes.  Yes, that means you have two different views of everything you see.  Watching a 3-d movie without those special glasses would be ridiculous, but that's what we expect you to know and do when trying to draw.  Your brain is receiving all your visual information from two distinctly different viewpoints, just like in a 3-d movie.  The "skill" of drawing is learned by taking a beginning course that helps you determine which is your dominant eye.  The course teaches you how to go from your fourth-grade drawing skills - where the sun is a yellow circle and a tree is a big green blob on top of a brown trunk - to carefully observing what your one dominant eye actually sees and how to sketch those shapes onto paper.  Yes, you can learn to draw and paint, but you need good instruction. Our educational system has led us to believe  that our left brain mode - our verbal and mathematical skills - are imperative to succeeding in todays' world.  Our left brain mode - as described in Betty Edwards; book entitled:  DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN - dominates most of our lives.  My workshops teach how to move from the dominant verbal hemisphere mode that we use to do math, speak and read, to our visual hemisphere mode that we use to think creatively about problem solving, understanding spatial relationships and drawing and painting what we see.

There is a second requirement for learning to draw.

You must be interested and motivated.  If you have an interest and are willing to try out my teaching methods, you can and will learn to draw and paint, and your grandmother will be so proud!

The Natural Way to Draw by Nicolaides
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Dr. B. Edwards
A Guide to Drawing by Mendelowitz and Wakeham
Your Artist's Brain by Carl Purcell
Sketching and Drawing by Cathy Johnson
Color Theory:
Color - A course in mastering the art of mixing colors by Dr. B. Edwards
Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green by  Michael Wilcox - Chapter One only
The Elements of Color by Johannes Itten




Artist - Instructor