Thursday, January 8, 2009

Drawing From My Past

When you read my title for my post today, I mean this literally! Thought I would share with you something about me you don't know.
I have been drawing all my life. I was told when I was just a wee little thing, my Daddy had given me an old book to look at. It had no pictures - I think it was one of his college math books or something. Anyway, he saw me being very busy and I was drawing little pictures in the margins of the book.

In the second grade, my teacher Ms. Lolly, told my parents I was talented with my drawing! Me? Very young me? She set up some oil painting classes for me during the summer. Now that really did help my drawing skills, didn't it? I took those classes and painted a forest with a fallen tree and some water. I don't know where that picture is, but my Mother kept it forever. I believe my teacher made her own paint and when I smell fresh oil paint today I can remember standing at her easel painting my little second grade heart out!

I don't have any siblings, so I grew up going to a lot of adult only households with my parents. So I always took my little drawing supplies along so I wouldn't get bored. Many portraits were scribbled on my little drawing pads, animals, etc.


Well, I continued to draw into Jr. High and then High School. I think I was about 15 when I drew the little girl. It's done in pencil and is old and faded now. I did take one year of art in High School. Do you remember in magazines there was a drawn picture that you could draw, send it in and the dear folks would determine if you could pursue a career in art, or maybe just go to art school? Well, I did draw the picture, I remember it was a ladies profile, sent it in and forgot about it. A person called and set up an appointment with my Mother, came to see her about me and talked about pursuing...but alas, I was married and wasn't interested at the time.


Then I decided I would try pen and inks. This I liked very much. I would draw something very lightly with my pencil and then go to town with my little special pen filled with ink!
I pen and inked these two bird pictures while we lived in Roswell, New Mexico! Yes, Dear Ones, Roswell. But it wasn't alien city then. Just nice folks. Anyway, I entered these in the county fair and one a blue ribbon - first place!
I've always loved the animals and pen and inked these little deer. I even was commissioned to pen and ink some special animals for folks and they actually paid me!
But, as time went on, my children were growing up and I was very busy doing other things and laid my pencils, pens and inks down. But I continued to draw...little cuties for school, church cookbooks, banners, posters, just fun stuff. Cartoony looking drawings, no more serious stuff! I have always thought I looked like a cartoon anyway! ;)

We've recently built a new church and I was on the decorating team to choose the colors for painting the walls, carpet, etc. When we got to the nursery, the drawing light bulb went off in my little head and I thought, " I can draw cuties on the walls of the nursery!" All the team members were for it, so I drew silly little lambs!
Lambs holding up a banner so the babies could read that Jesus loves them. Can little babies read? Sure they can! ;)

Little lambs flying high in the sky hanging on to kites...
Silly little lambs peeping around the window...

More peeping...
Well, that's a little tidbit about me I thought I would share with you today! Should I have pursued an art career and become a most famous one? ;) Well, I think I've made the right decisions and am happy with my life. I guess I could still draw serious things, I don't know, haven't even tried in almost twenty years! But, honies, if you need a cartoon - I'll go to town on that one!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Starry, Starry Night
this song makes me cry everytime I hear it :'(

Starry, starry night.
Paint your palette blue and grey,
Look out on a summer's day,
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills,
Sketch the trees and the daffodils,
Catch the breeze and the winter chills,
In colors on the snowy linen land.

Now I understand what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they did not know how.
Perhaps they'll listen now.

Starry, starry night.
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze,
Swirling clouds in violet haze,
Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue.
Colors changing hue, morning field of amber grain,
Weathered faces lined in pain,
Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand.

Now I understand what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they did not know how.
Perhaps they'll listen now.

For they could not love you,
But still your love was true.
And when no hope was left in sight
On that starry, starry night,
You took your life, as lovers often do.
But I could have told you, Vincent,
This world was never meant for one
As beautiful as you.

Starry, starry night.
Portraits hung in empty halls,
Frameless head on nameless walls,
With eyes that watch the world and can't forget.
Like the strangers that you've met,
The ragged men in the ragged clothes,
The silver thorn of bloody rose,
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow.

Now I think I know what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they're not listening still.
Perhaps they never will...

~sung by Don McLean

60 comments:

  1. Sheila,
    Your drawings are wonderful. I want to encourage you to continue with your talent. I have a very dear friend who is also talented in ink and pencil. She raised 7 children and during those years laid her art aside. We were thrilled when she agreed to do a colored pencil of our child. She went on after that to now teach all over the US. Please google her on the net and look at her webside. Her name is Linda Lucas Hardy.
    Have a great day,
    Lorri

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  2. You are beyond good!

    I'm sure that you made the right choices because look how wonderfully your life turned out, but think... Grandma Moses. It's not too late to start!

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  3. Shelia these are wonderful drawings, what wonderful talent you have--something you have had pleasure from your whole life. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  4. Sheila, those drawings are great! Don't hang up the pencils now, get out there and share your talent!

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  5. Oh wow, Shelia, that drawing of the little girl, and the animals.... well, they're exquisite!!!!!!!!!!!! The lambs are sooo cute. Woman, get yourself an easel and some paints and get back to it. You've got talent coming out of your hiney! Share it with the world, have some fun, send me some! ROFL!

    Justine :o )

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  6. I'm with Justine on this one! Get busy~ your talent is amazing! I love the little girl but the birds with the butterfly stole my little heart.....that is going pitter patter. :) I absolutely love what you did with the church nursery....it's priceless. The little lambs eyelashes are even perfect. THIS is cartwheel worthy! Really Sheilia I am in complete awe. WOW!

    Hugs~ J

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  7. The church nursery is precious.

    BUT your drawings are amazing! In my opinion they are so much above average! Keep on drawing, girl.

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  8. Shelia...you are amazing! I am in awe of you many talents. Your drawings are wonderful! Hey, it's not too late...you could become a famous artist yet! Susan

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  9. Shelia, so lovely. Your have a real talent for drawing.
    Blossom

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  10. You have an exception talent! That portrait of a little girl is BEAUTIFUL! I'm thinking you should have been a child portrait artist. Love the nursery & animal drawings too - esp. the birds.

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  11. Oh my! Your talent is amazing Sheila! Absolutely amazing!

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  12. Your drawing and inks are incredible Shelia! You should try doing it again, seriously!

    I love to draw too and although I'm nowhere near as talented as you are I wanted to persue it and didn't, because my mom thought it was silly. Annie is more talented than I ever was and I'm pushing her to do something with it. I think she will :)

    Thank you for sharing this incredible talent with us!

    (((hugs)))
    rue

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  13. Shelia - you have an amazing talent. In fact copyright your lamb pictures before anyone gets their hands on them. They are very marketable. I can imagine a line of products with that image on - put your blog name on your photos maybe. They are so darn cute the kids must love them. This big kid does!! Imagine them on cards too.

    Fancy, 15 and painting that gorgeous girl.

    Always knew you were special. We just didnt realise how much so. Will you please do some more drawings or paintings and post them over time. Take it up again. You are a true artist!!!

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  14. You are so talented!!! They are amazing...you should frame them so they can be preserved!!

    What else don't we know :-)

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  15. WOW Shelia...you are one TALENTED lady!!! Your drawings are BEAUTIFUL! I think you could have a career as an artist if you wanted it. What other talents do you have that you haven't showed us????????

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  16. Sheila, finally coming up for air.. Sure hope this finds your mother doing better. Your talent is amazing.. I know those babies in the nursery enjoy looking at all those darling drawings.. Girl.. I am a cartoon...lol
    this was wonderful..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  17. Sheila, finally coming up for air.. Sure hope this finds your mother doing better. Your talent is amazing.. I know those babies in the nursery enjoy looking at all those darling drawings.. Girl.. I am a cartoon...lol
    this was wonderful..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  18. Sheila, finally coming up for air.. Sure hope this finds your mother doing better. Your talent is amazing.. I know those babies in the nursery enjoy looking at all those darling drawings.. Girl.. I am a cartoon...lol
    this was wonderful..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  19. Oh my goodness...your artwork is fantastic Shelia!!! And I really LOVE the little LAMBS!!

    I think if you'd become a FAMOUS ARTIST...there probably wouldn't be a PICTURE-SHOOTING BATHROOM DIVA, cuz you'd have no time for that!! LOL!!

    My sister, Gail, who passed away in 200 from cancer, drew in pencil and ink...and was VERY good at it. She liked drawing landscapes and buildings, especially barns. She and my dad were the artists in my family.

    I'm an artist in my own way...being able to see and visualize room arrangements and draw floor plans and "play" with color. Tom and others have said that I have a perfect memory for color...which most people do not. I have been an Interior Designer since 1982...and that is an art form...for sure.

    ~Blessings,
    Jan

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  20. Ok...I won't preach here...but really, you have such a wonderful talent...you should do more! I am sure the church feels blessed and honored to have such lovely work on their nursery walls. I always wished I could draw. But no. I am always amazed not only that you can draw, but that you know what to draw and where. Keep it up!!!!

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  21. Wow! Your drawings are fantastic and the nursery is so cute! You are REALLY good!! I used to love to paint and draw. That is something I would love to take back up someday. Kristen

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  22. Dear Shelia! I am totally blown away by the incredible talent you have. Never stop doing what you do so very well ... any place and any time you can. You should consider finding a place in your area where your artwork could be shown (and sold.)

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  23. Fabulous work, Shelia. Now I know, we share something else in common. I loved to draw as a child too. When I was a freshman in HS, my mother provided private drawing lessons with a well know Ozarkan artist. She lived in a small log house in Lebanon. I cherish all the memories of going to her home on Saturday mornings, having tea and freshly baked cookies, while I had my lesson, with one of her cats sitting in my lap! Happy times!

    During the 70's I took acrylic painting classes, given by another Missouri artist. I joined the artist guild and showed paintings at several shows. Later I did some folkart paintings and during the 90's and early 2000's I did murals in our home and around town. One of my murals was painted over when the business changed hands. Happily the others are still intact. I saw one of my clients, not long ago. She told me, they will never paint over their mural. They love it still and will always, since it reminds them of happy events in their life.

    Fun post you've written here. You are an amazing artist!!

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  24. Sheila your drawings are incredible. Lady you've got real talent. It's never too late to tap into that creative side. I had to lay my oils aside due to a condition known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), but I replaced it with photography which led to designing digital scrapbook graphics in the past few years. Long after raising my family. xoxo

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  25. Good Morning Sweetness, you just don't stop amazing me. I was so impressed with your decorating talent, now look at your drawings,you can do anything, can't you? I do not even have a concept of how to draw. My grands are very talented. But, I'm clueless how to even start. You have a gift.

    Love Ya,
    Chris

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  26. You've been holding out on us!! I think you should be doing more of that serious drawing. I love pen and ink drawings. The nursery drawings are adorable, also. Don't hide your talent under a basket - show us more!! Sally

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  27. Shelia!!!!
    I am SO impressed. Your artwork is BEAUTIFUL, all of it. You should definitely try to get back into it, I bet you still got it.
    I have some artists in my family and I always hoped some of that talent would rub off on me, but no such luck, it's okay, because I got other talents instead. But growing up around such lovely art, I've really learned to appreciate it. And yours is worth appreciating.
    *hugs*

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  28. You keep amazing me with all your talent! You are SO versitle! Thanks for sharing you pen and inks and the self-portrait..TOO CUTE!

    Hope "Mom" is doing better!

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  29. WOOOOOOW You are really talented!!!! Don't need to say more about that!!

    Starry night is found on my norwegian blog... I love that one too... do you know who it's all about??

    Monica

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  30. Seriously! I'm blown away by your talent! That's amazing! I love the lambs, so sweet! Your never loose your talents! They are God Given, Thank you for Sharing....

    xo,
    Cathleen

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  31. Hey Shelia.. I found it for you.. and posted it on my english version... so do come by! ;-)

    I once again looked at your pictures.. You should frame those!

    Monica

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  32. Hi Shelia - Your artist talent amazes me! You have been gifted by God with an incredible way to share with the world. The little lambees are adorable! Thanks for sharing with us today. ~Adrienne~

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  33. GM Pickle...your talent just amazes me girl..WOW!! not only can you play a piano sing, and do a million other things you draw just Beautiful..thank you so much for sharing this about yourself and that nursery looks just darling..have a safe and blessed day dear friend...hugs and smiles Gloria

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  34. Oh Sweetest one you are so very talented, you definitely should do something more with it.

    Those lambs are precious..

    I can draw in my heart, I am very good with decorating and putting colors together but stick people are all I can muster...my daughter is very good she loves to doodle.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Kathy :)

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  35. Oh my goodness!!! Your drawings are amazing! And the lambs are too cute!

    If you enjoy drawing (still) do it! My grandfather didn't START painting until he retired...and his paintings are some of my most treasured things!!

    The drawings are beautiful.....
    Thank you for sharing more of your MANY talents with us!

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  36. Shelia, What a surprise to see your beautiful art work today. How very talented you are. I know the church nursery is just adorable with your added touches. I know how you love Blue Willow dishes, please look at my Thursday afternoon blog! Thanks and I enjoyed seeing your drawings today.

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  37. when gifts are given...
    :)
    and you have indeed been given them!

    the world needs to have the joy of the artistic eye,,,and i am glad to see you reaching out to do just that!

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  38. I am so blown away by your talent. It comes at no surprise though. I knew it all along that you had that in you. What beautiful work you do. You know now we are all going to want a piece of your art, hehe. Just let me know when you start taking orders. I would love one~

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  39. These are just beautiful. I learned a bit more about you and am just so awed at how talented you are. What gifts!
    Enjoy your day!

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  40. Oh my goodness you are GOOD!!!!!! I am in awe of your talent. I struggle to draw stick figures!!!

    I love everything you shared.

    Oh, and I love that song!

    take care,
    Dawn

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  41. How wonderfully talented you are. You have truly been blessed. I love all your drawings.

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  42. WOW! What hidden talents you have. This drawings are wonderful. I would comission you to do a drawing. And I'm sure your church nursery has to be the best one anywhere! So cute. I cannot draw anything except stick people. I'm really impressed. laurie

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  43. I believe we are given gifts to share with others...you should never think it is too late. If it makes you happy to draw..by all means draw..then share it with world.

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  44. Shelia!!! Shelia!!! Shelia!!!
    You are so very talented and you've been hiding it from us...and you should not be doing that. You should be drawing and showing us your creations. Oh dear...good talent like that should never be wasted you know.
    They are fabulous and I am so happy you shared them with us...
    and I know I am not alone in hoping we see more!
    *hugs*
    have a loving evening...
    drawing?
    Judi

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  45. GREAT BALLS OF FIRENESS....
    I, nor anyone else around here, had no idea you could do THIS. How talented you are, my friend.
    These are all just beautiful...I am beyond impressed and now...
    I WANNA DRAW, TOO !!
    hugs, bj

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  46. Dear Shelia, Your art work is amazing! Your work is just beautiful. God has given you a special talent and I think you should pursue it. Gee I can't sing, play an instrument, or draw anything. Don't hide your wonderful talents away. Share them with the world :>) I hope you have a great evening. I hope your mother is doing better.

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  47. Your talent is awesome. My sister is the talented one in the family when it comes to drawing, even her doodles are wonderful. I can draw but it's not anything like she can. I am the singer in the family. I do remember those magazine things, my sister sent hers in and they came out to interview her, but my parents said no.

    Ciao

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  48. Im not sure how blogger has managed to wipe me off your bloggers follow list...but im still here!

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  49. You amaze me! No wonder you have such a great eye for detail in all that you do! ~ Robyn

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  50. I too love to draw and I think you have a wonderful talent and should cultivate it in some way.
    The church was lucky to have you on their decorating team

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  51. I love the drawings they were fun to look at!

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  52. You are so good...WoW!
    Roberta Anne

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  53. Oh Sheila, what an artful post and I am not kidding. You can draw and paint with a God given talent. Sheila. You can be a grandma Moses. She never painted until her later years. Get started girl you have a beautiful talent for art. Wow, you are a talented girl is so many ways. Music, decorating, art, I am so impressed dear one. Thank you for sharing your lovely artistic self.

    I am still praying for your mom's recovery. Give her a hug for me.

    Love...Jeanne

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  54. WEll look at who has been hiding her light under a basket! How come it took you this long to show us this special gift of yours. You really are amazing and I can't believe you don't take the time to do much more of this. It is such a great gift to have. One I so wish I had too. I've tried so many times but I just don't have the knack for it. The little lambs are adorable...but I really love your bird pictures! You are something else!

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  55. Shelia, you're so talented! I'm just completely amazed by your work!
    How cute that we both picked out the same layout for our blogs! lol!

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  56. Oh Sheila! What a talent you have..I love to draw and pain but your work is so detailed, so well done. Wow.
    The work you did for the church is beyond precious..hey! You should do this professionally!

    I have kept your Mother, and all of you, in prayer...please give your Mom a hug from me dear Sheila!

    Love,
    Sue

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  57. You do beautiful work here! You should continue it and become famous in blogland. Wait, you are already famous. Well, it will make you more famous, if there is such a thing. Happy Day!

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  58. What a beautiful and wonderful gift!! The only thing I can draw is a stick person and sometimes that is not even recognizable.
    Instead of drawing the beautiful arts of God I just take pictures.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

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  59. You never let me down.This is awesome.I adore-----------------those napkin holders from Target.They are fabulous.And you got a scuttle too.Me too.Ever since I saw that one at Susans I too had----------------to have one...Ann

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  60. Shelia, I missed this post when you posted it. Glad I came across it.

    God has blessed you with a gift of being an Artist.
    You're GOOD.

    Blessings,
    d

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