My first signed work.
June 17, 2016 4:38am CST
I saw my notifications this morning and my mind went tilt. I just finished responding and liking. Hopefully I didn't miss anyone. If I did don't be afraid to give me a shout out, I got a little lost in the middle of it. I do try to respond in some fashion or other to everything. The list of new discussions from those follow is equally intimidating. The photo here is of the very first drawing I did that was signed and hung on a wall. It was on the wall in the home I grew up in until the place was recently sold. Thanks to my siblings it is back in my possession. The picture came about because of a conversation with friends about our family ancestry. We are indirectly related to Rembrandt Van Rijn one of the all time great masters. When asked if anyone in the family had any artistic talent, my dad said no. I went and hid in my bedroom with a regular pencil and drew this from a black and white photo of a spitfire from a history book on the Battle of Britain. I wanted to put it in an old frame I had and presented the finished drawing to my parents. From that point I didn't need to do another thing. I had help getting it into the frame and then hanging it up in my bedroom. My dad I don't think has ever answered that question with a no again. I don't really have time to spend producing that kind of art now. I will likely take the time in the future and try to combine it with my wood turning.
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17 Jun 16
Thanks. It was actually gifted to my parents. It did suffers some water damage but otherwise is in good shape. I have considered taking it out of the frame and spraying it with fixative but I worry about accidentally destroying it. I was very fortunate that it was never hung in direct sunlight because it would've faded.
17 Jun 16
@Lucky15 That's an appreciated compliment. After I drew it, I noticed that the tail of the aircraft gives the impression that it is slightly twisted. I went back to the photo that I was looking at while I drew and noticed that because of the lighting it looks slightly twisted in the photograph as well. Part of me is oddly pleased that I managed to capture that.
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Jul 16
I didn't know about your artistic talent so didn't mention this before but a friend of ours made quite a nice income doing calligraphic (is that a word) sayings on small pieces of wood - about 4 inches x 3 roughly. Various tourist outlets would have them displayed in their shops. The funny ones sold best. I can't find photos at the moment so might do a post on them.
• United Kingdom
21 Jun 16
That's a fantastic drawing. It could easily be a print or a photograph at first glance. I like to think I am creative, and I can make stuff out of wood, and I can fix stuff, and I am able to do many creative things but none particularly well! My two sons are OK at drawing. My youngest likes to draw Minecraft style! He's not amazing at drawing but he is only 11, and he has been able to draw recognisable characters for a good few years. :)
17 Jun 16
I thought it is a photo of an airplane; you are a good artist. Do you still paint or sketch? To think that Rembrandt (the famous painter) is in you ancestry, maybe you have that genes for art. Why not develop it? I knew Rembrandt from our Humanities subject( Art Appreciation) in College so long ago.
17 Jun 16
Thank you. I rarely do much drawing or painting right now. There is always so much else on my plate. Hard to get away from distractions as well. I hope to combine some of my painting with my wood turning. I think I could make things that would sell and put some much needed cash in our pockets.
17 Jun 16
I'll get to it. The same package that brought me back the drawing was a set of turned candlesticks I did for my parents anniversary one year. As soon as I can get functional shop space here I intend to produce quite a lot of new stuff. I love the creativity I can do on a wood lathe even a cheap old partly broken down one like I have.