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Triumphant Return to Drawing

When I first started doing art, the only medium I practiced was Pencil. Everything I did was hand drawn and all pencil. My art teachers made me try other mediums, but none of them stuck. One day, I took a watercolor workshop taught by my English teacher, Mrs. Diane Bykowski (an amazing artist). Needless to say, I did not like watercolor because it was too hard for a novice to painting, but her vision and expertise with a paint brush made my mind race. So, I started with paint that was much easier to work with, acrylic.

My whole heart fell for painting. The colors, the depth, the ability to make my mistakes disappear with a single brush stroke- all of it, made me want more. So, for these many years since high school, I have not picked up a pencil with which to draw. I have only painted. A friend of mine that works with my husband is retiring and I chose to draw her something. I hope she likes it.

Not only is it a drawing, but a Pen & Ink drawing! I've only ever drawn 3 things in Pen & Ink that I can think of, and one of those is this! I used to think of ink as so permanent and unforgiving, but I recently read about Andy Warhol in Wikipedia, and it stated he often left his mistakes or blemishes in his pieces because they were a part of the process. So, I thought, my pen and ink drawing could stand to have a few imperfections. Turns out- I may LOVE Pen & Ink!

I will always love painting the most, but who's keeping score?! ;) Thanks to Mrs. Bykowski for sharing her love of art with me, and to Andy Warhol via Wikipedia for allowing me to make a few mistakes!

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