A skill I don’t have

What’s one skill you’ve wanted but don’t have?

When I was in school I always loved art class with the exception of freehand drawing. I could draw pretty well if I was looking at something and drawing it. Like an image or a bowl of fruit, or your typical high school or college art school subjects. However if the teacher would tell us to use our imagination and draw something free hand without looking at it I had a really hard time with that.

I don’t think it had anything to do with not having much of an imagination. I have always preferred reading a book to watching a movie for that reason, because I was free to imagine things how I wanted to imagine them. I have always had a pretty vivid imagination. I can come up with stories pretty easily and I am able to imagine things fairly easily. However when it came to putting something down on paper I always got stuck. I could write the words with no issue. But to draw something to go along with it. I just can not seem to do that.

If I was told to draw something specific like a butterfly. I could easily imagine it in my mind, right down to the colors, the size and all the little details but getting that onto paper I was never very good at that. Not because I can’t draw. I can but it has to be something right there in front of me. If I was sitting staring at a lion. I could draw it perfectly.

If I was told to imagine a lion and draw it.  Again, I can imagine it. I just can not translate that into something recognizable on paper. Since I could copy cat pretty well it was always something that annoyed me, something that eluded me and something that I really wished I could do as easily as some of the other kids in art class. I always admired people who could free hand draw anything that popped into their minds without agonizing over it.

NaBloPoMo November 2014 – Day #19

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