Recently while cleaning up a bit and attempting to organize my drawing and painting space, I came across a graphite drawing I’d made. It surprised me for two reasons. First, I’d forgotten all about this drawing. Second, it’s a drawing of a barn and small shed. And most surprising of all, it’s actually a fairly good representation of a barn. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know that I struggle with barns and other buildings.
What you’re looking at here is an inked-over version of the drawing. I wanted to be sure it would scan so that I could share it here on the blog.
The sketch is dated October 12, 2018, so it was drawn about two months ago. It was obviously part of my studies on perspective. I have to say I’m rather pleased with it. Finding this sketch tucked away among my art books brought a smile to my face.
But even if I can draw a basic barn on a piece of drawing paper, can I do the same thing on canvas? And once I’ve drawn the barn, will I be able to paint it? As pointed out from ThoughtCo recently, drawing and painting are very different skills, and success in one doesn’t necessarily mean success in the other.
On the other hand, success in drawing the barn with graphite does give me a boost of confidence. Maybe I can re-draw this barn on one of my canvas panels, and maybe I can actually paint it. Or maybe not. Either way, it will be good practice for me, and that’s what I need most of all.