Sara and I toured Croatia in 2006. I usually avoid gift shops but, as I quickly passed by, a tiny picture caught my eye. Pausing, I was struck by how a few well-planned pen strokes, created an appealing image of calm and orderly perspective. I think I paid 75 cents for it.
Upon returning home, this picture was casually tossed into a drawer where it remained undisturbed except on occasions when looking for something else. Each rediscovery ignited my wonder again about the sensibility of the artist, the image, and the feeling.
I now believe this "wonder" caused me to respond to a 2008 newspaper ad promoting Kennesaw State University’s Continuing Education course titled “drawing in pencil and pen”. Armed with a #2 pencil and eraser, I anxiously eased into my chair among other “Senior Citizens” (I was about to turn 69) to begin my first art lesson since the 5th grade.
The instruction was a simple one-sentence command:
“Draw what you see”.