I haven’t got a long history of art in my background. In the 1960s, I barely scraped through my Art GCE. The only pictures I drew for the next fifty years were smiley faces and wonky cats. In 2016/17 I bought some colouring books to help me through a patch of depression. I worked my way from colouring within the lines to adding textures and shading. It was a great help, but I wanted more than staying within other people’s lines.
In 2017 I discovered Craftsy. I did some basic drawing courses and then found Cynthia Knox’s courses, ‘Realistic Textures in Coloured Pencil,’ and, ‘Light and Shading with Coloured Pencil.’ I was given support and soon felt at home. I started setting myself challenges.
I began copying a couple of paintings I liked and then progressed on to my own photos.
I’m hoping to begin putting something of myself into my pictures soon, not merely copy. I can’t ever see myself sitting by the sea or in the park happily drawing what’s around me but you never know.