I have been reading parts of Mona Brookes’s admirable book “Drawing with Children,” which as its subtitle “A creative method for adult beginners, too” suggests, holds lots of good advice for drawing new-comers of whatever age. She treats the matter of confidence early since she has seen how significant a role confidence — or its lack — plays in deciding whether someone will draw or not.
She has a series of statements she offers her readers to contemplate, and the degree to which you agree or disagree with the statement provides an interesting measure of how confident you are. I get her point and second the motion, but I also see another side to these statements that deserves scruntity, for all the confidence questions are pretty complicated and they never entirely go away, and indeed it is essential that they not go away.
So let’s contemplate her statement number one: …
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