Sundays and Sketching

I can’t draw. I can play the guitar, I can write nonsense, I can talk too much, I can sort of sing in tune, but, give me a blank sheet picture and I’m like Donald Trump on Mastermind. Useless. When I see what artists can do, I just tell myself I have many hidden talents, which, at some point will emerge and wow the world, but being able to paint and draw won’t be one of them. ๐Ÿคฃ

My lack of skill and patience hasn’t sopped me trying though. I remember drawing an Iris (as in flower) (see below!) Very basic, rubbish really.

Then I tried to copy a couple of victorian ladies in a courtyard with an archway and some trees. I spent a week painstakingly painting the photograph. My Mum came to visit and after a cup of tea, she spotted my paining.

‘Who painted that?’

‘I did’

‘Never……………I never knew you could draw!’

I was well chuffed. As they say in Essex, I was totes emosh. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It didn’t last though as over the next few days I ruined it by trying to rescue some poorly drawn trees while the paper was still wet. Next minute there was a hole right through. I chucked it in the bin โ˜บ๏ธ

I gave up for a long long time. I learnt to play guitar, started my blog, wrote loads of stories and adventures which are not bad actually ๐Ÿ™‚ Drawing ? nope. zilch nada…..then You Tube arrived to save the day. After watching some amazing artists online I got the urge to try again.

I tried a few things then managed a Vietnamese fisherman which was ok.

we;;, at least you can sort of make out what it is ๐Ÿ˜€

Then, after one of my friends told me he always took a bottle of Old Putney whisky up mountains and took a picture of it I decided to try and draw it too…..

Old Putney

I then tried an apple ๐Ÿ™‚

my apple

This apple became my avatar on Twitter. Not great but it does look like an apple !!

Then I started getting carried away – next up Lovebirds!!!!


I decided to start with coloured pencil and bought some of these bad mammas…….Prismacolour pencils.

my pencils

I tried a boat in coloured pencil – wasn’t too happy with this one but it was ok.

Then I found a kindle book by Alyona Nikelsen and tried 3d things…..

silver spoon

then a copper watering can……

my copper watering can

Suddenly I realised if you persevere you can do things…….

I did some squashes in pastel pencil and was so pleased I got it framed. It still sits on the dining room wall ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

then a 3D pepper

a green glass apple……….

I then found I could draw birds


I even ended up doing a Banksy!!!!

then exotic birds…….

Hare sketch

humming bird

a robin

None of the above are amazing but they do prove that anyone can produce something. I now have 3 drawings on the walls of the house and a commission on a wall in Northern Ireland. if you keep working away, even if you are not a natural, you can do something reasonable. It’s guys like the following who’ve inspired me. If only I had their knowledge and talent. Time yet ๐Ÿ˜€

Marcello Barenghi

Let’s draw ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

Sundays and Sketching was brought to you by David Linden aka @qosfc1919 on Twitter ยฉ๏ธDodo Productions 2020 โค๏ธโค๏ธ


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