Saturday, November 13, 2010

Art Every Day Month

Our family took a little trip to the zoo today -- it was such a gorgeous day. I tried to work on my photography a bit with the intent of trying my hand at drawing some of the things I photographed. Ya -- detailed drawing takes too much time and patience for me right now. I'm lacking in both.

I was most captivated by the giraffe. It was so majestic!

These spots reminded me of beautiful fall leaves. Don't you agree?

 So tonight I tried my hand at drawing this lovely beast. I gave up. I'll just show you the upper body part of my drawing:

I have a lot of respect for artists who can draw life-like animals. Maybe one day I'll be one of them -- but for now, I find it too frustrating to even try.

Here are some other fun photos from the day, though (the fishy ones were taken by DH):

The rhino was particularly interesting to watch. His upper lip is like a finger that can manipulate his food!

I got a kick out of this sign:

DD13 took this picture:

I don't even know what these guys are, but they sure had funny faces!

Layers of lizards!  Good thing the big guy isn't ticklish!

Lizard buddies.I like how it looks like they have their arms around each other :)

And my favourite "artsy" photo of the day:

I'm hoping that one day I'll have the time and patience to devote to some quality drawing. Maybe I'll even take lessons. (Or get back to my Drawing Lab book!)

Is there any artistic endeavour that you've tried and just found to be "too much" for you at a given time? Did you ever go back to it when you were in a different "place" in life? Was anything different?


  1. That is one gorgeous giraffe! Going to the zoo with the intention of taking creative photographs sounds like a great way to notice new and interesting things.

  2. Yes, Jul -- it certainly did affect the way I saw/looked at things :)

  3. Sounds like you have a wonderful time :-)
    Your drawing looks good too. I think you capture its shape and character very well.

  4. You're very kind, Pavinee ;) Thank you.

  5. Looks like you had a fun and inspiring trip to the zoo! I definitely pick up and put down different artforms. I think the key is having the patience (and courage) to start at the beginning and do things "badly" for a while. It's hard to accept the fact that initial tries at something are just not going to be very good. Eventually, though, you'll get better and better if you keep working at it. I think your giraffe drawing looks pretty good! Keep working at it and you'll surprise yourself!

  6. Thanks, Anne. I agree -- it does take courage to do things "badly" for a while before quality is achieved. And I WILL apply that courage and patience to drawing one of these days, I'm sure. I think, though, that right now I need to concentrate on art forms that release stress rather than causing stress. For some reason, drawing the giraffe got me agitated -- so I'll let it go for now :) Thank you for your encouraging words. AEDM has been good in so many ways, not the least of which is receiving kind support from so many people like you!

  7. Great photos and nice drawing.

  8. Enjoyed your photos. I too am quite taken with the giraffe. I always favored them and the Zebras!! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Those are some awesome shots of the animals you saw! Great eye. Not sure why you gave up on your giraffe drawing, I think it looks pretty darn good! They certainly are a wondrous animal aren't they? My husband lived in South Africa for a time and he and some friends went to see some of the wildlife they had at a local park. They were feeding a giraffe apples and when he learned they had no more he wound up and walloped one of the guys with his head. Totally stunned him! I just laugh thinking about this, wish I could have been there to see it happen!

  10. The pictures of the fish & kids staring at each other are priceless!! Love how your words complete the scenes shown in the pictures, giving more depth to the zoo story.

  11. i loved looking at the necks of all these creatures.

  12. Thank you for stopping by, everyone! I so appreciate your words of encouragement!

  13. We love the zoo. My oldest daughter can draw people with a pencil and they look so real. I would love to have her talent.

  14. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Lisa :)


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