A few days ago my husband and I made a trip to visit his mother. While he was attending to her lawn, I decided to peruse the house for something to sketch.
At first I couldn't find anything that caught my eye, so I decided to work on a doodle. A little later while waiting for my husband to shower and get ready to go out for lunch, I spied it. There right under my nose, inspiration. My mother-in-law's shoes.
I began to sketch the pair of Dr. Scholl's with my Sharpie pen, and started to wonder, what would her shoes tell me about her life if they could talk?
My mother-in-law, intrigued with the fact her shoes were art worthy, started to tell me some of the places her shoes had taken her in 82 years. Her tales made me realize, until we take time to ask and listen gaining a fresh perspective about a person, we cannot begin to really understand them.
HELPFUL HINTS: Try to get into the habit of sketching anywhere and anytime. As my mother-in-law, a non-artist, asked, are you going to draw everything? Yep I hope too, even with my busy schedule. Well not everything, but I need to carry my sketchbook (shown here) because I realize even mundane everyday things can be interesting to draw. In fact, I hope to turn this sketch idea into a painting series one day.
UR-TURN: The last time you sketched something everyday or common, what was it? And why did it catch your eye? Share the story behind your inspiration.
Until next time.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged." Matthew 7:1-3