I like to make drawings

When I learned to draw as a child, I was taught two things, essentially.

First, how to draw specific things correctly — as in “to draw a house, start by drawing a box…then add a triangle on top…the windows are more boxes.”

(I’m not a huge fan of this type of teaching — it starts with the expectation that most people are not artists rather than letting that distinction grow out of experience. I digress. As usual.)

Second, I was taught basic drawing skills and concepts — like proportion and perspective and shading. Fundamentals. Familiarity with tools, including pencils with soft and hard lead.

Later in life I was taught to draw in a whole new way. It started with seeing.  Seeing shapes and subtleties and relationships. While I will never make a living as an artist or illustrator, my life has been enriched exponentially from these lessons in perception.

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Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NLT)

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