If you have never meet him before, you really should. As you look at the drawing all you may see is just an elderly man. Perhaps you can analysis his facial expression and guess his thoughts or conjure up stories of his past. He won’t be on the next Ellen show, and you likely won’t hear his story, even if you live near him. But don’t be too hasty to shrug him off, for he is not just an elderly man, he is a man with an amazing past, present and future. Instead of drawing the oh-so-attractive Captain America or browsing Pinterest for the latest art fad, I decided to draw my friend Harvey.
I sat down on my bed, looking through my camp photos, soaking in the memories of last summer. For the last couple years I have been in charge of painting a picture or two to put on the campers birthday and Christmas cards. As I was searching for a photo to paint, I realized how Harvey was in a number of the photos. Normally in the background or off in the corner, Harvey was hard at work maintaining the camp for all of us. He was a tad camera shy, but I had managed to get a picture of him. Looking at that photo on my laptop reminded me of the lessons that I learnt at camp that were never intentionally taught. Harvey is the best at these lessons.
This drawing took 2 days from start to completion, but only approximately 2-3 hours. I am proud to say that I am quick when it comes to creating art. I am also proud to say that I am frugal. That being said, armed with 200 sheets of paper from Dollarama, priced at $3 plus tax and a ball point pen, which was likely picked up at a parade or free convention, I become the next Leonardo da Vinci. Okay, so perhaps not, but the point that I am trying to make is that you do not need the fanciest tools nor the prettiest faces to be able to tell a story with a drawing.
Teah is my cousin, I am happy to feature some of her artwork here on Mommy Moment. Sometimes Teah will share pictures of her art that is available for sale – stay tuned. ~Jody