This chapter is a hard one for me. I don't know how to draw, sculpt, or paint (unless you count walls). I am, however, fascinated with drawing. It's an amazing thing to see an artist take such basic things as a blank piece of paper and a pencil, pen, or piece of charcoal and bring something beautiful and insightful out of the blankness.
But, alas, I have no ability in this area, and so I compensate. Mrs. Schaeffer wrote about creating cards to give a more human touch, and though I don't draw them, I do use scrapbooking supplies and rubber stamps for my card-making. Not quite as good, I know, but still more personal than a store-bought card . . . not that I don't use those plenty of times because I do. Sometimes I just don't have the time to make a card.
One related area that I hope to find time for someday is calligraphy. I adore calligraphy and especially Medieval illuminating. Maybe when my homeschooling days are over I can take it up.
I've often told my husband that if I had any drawing ability, I would put it to use illustrating. I think it takes real insight and intelligence to be an illustrator and to bring to life an author's characters, settings, and sensibilities. I have been known to buy books just for the illustrations. Here are some samples of favorite illustrators~
E.H. Shepard is best known as the illustrator of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, but his illustrations for The Wind in the Willows are equally delightful. I was excited to find this book for $1 at a used book sale.
A classic illustration of Pooh-bear and Christopher Robin. These rich, detailed, and warm illustrations are far superior to the flat, one-dimensional Disney version of Pooh and friends. I always insist on the original illustrations for the Pooh stories.
Drink in her sweet, cherubic children!
Bask in all her vintage-y goodness and innocence!
So really, can you blame me?