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Do you have rose-colored glasses? Or do you stop and smell the roses? Is your thumb in tip top condition from scrolling through social media? Do all the sound-bites become a blur of haze the second after you hear something you promptly forget it? We live in such a fast paced culture. If not for this corona virus you would probably be running warp speed onto the next thing on your schedule. But we have slowed down a bit I think. This pandemic has forced it upon us. The same is applicable to art. A quick sketch has its place, abstract art is the essence of freedom, but there really are times when you become more detective-like and really, truly try and see your subject. It causes you to slow down, pause, reflect and savor. To notice the shading, the bumps, the imperfections, the curves, and the shadows. To really SEE what you are looking at. If I say the word apple, what image comes to your mind?

This one? It is so very popular!

Perhaps it is more elementary when you think of an apple like this…

Simple, yet this clipart symbolizes the image perfectly. But it is not the real McCoy! Did you know there are over 7,500 varieties of apples! Each one unique in shape, flavor, density, and coloring. Here are just a few…

I teach my students to draw what they see, not what they think they see. Subtle, but oh so very different! Before I ever pick up a pencil or brush I must look and notice all the many nuances of that apple. Who knew there could be a whole conversation about that single point! You may think you know the shape of a leaf but have you ever noticed the ridges along its edge, the veins and how they run from the center line, the stem and it’s thickness and how it attached to the branch. Fascinating!

I invite you to come along in this journey of seeing and discovering. I hope this blog encourages other artists to pull out their supplies and do 1 thing in your sketch book and perhaps share. This blog will give ideas to teachers and parents of different art projects to do with your student as I share what I am doing in the classroom (via virtual this semester) with my students. If you are looking for classes for your students I have a link above you can check out! For now, let this blogging journey begin to see…

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