Gina Quarles : Discover the Hidden Gifts from Within
Dabble with Art, and
Discover the Hidden Gifts
By Gina Quarles
Last week I decided I wanted to do something out of my comfort
zone. I usually stay very busy with my website, blogging and the
daunting task of editing my manuscript for my upcoming book. For some
reason, something inside of me was stirring to come out. It was an odd
feeling, but I decided to listen. Before I knew it, I had purchased a
A few days later my package arrived. I opened it and there it was!
I do not draw. This was all new to me. I slowly opened up my gray box
and unlatched the locks which held all of the goodies for a beginner to
explore. It had numerous pencils in it, ranging with numbers on each of
them. I have no clue as to what they represent. I am assuming it has to
do with the texture and amount of lead in each one. I am really not sure.
Included in this wooden box was a mini human figurine, along with
a few erasers, charcoal, and a few pastels. Hmmm, I thought. This is
pretty interesting, but now what? The kit included a 5×7 sketch padtoo
tiny for me. I like large surfaces. I used the larger one my
daughter has yet to touch. I thought about what I wanted to draw. I went
I decided to give it a whirl anyway. Pencil to paper, I did not
know where to begin. I thought more about what to attempt to put on
this blank sheet of paper staring at me. Spring suddenly entered my
mind. With all of the new buds on the trees around us and flowers
beginning to pop out and reveal their beauty, I received nature's prompt!
I began lightly sketching a vase. I felt the lighter I drew
my lines and strokes, the more forgiving my piece could be. It worked. As
I began to feel a bit more confident, I pressed harder when creating
lines. Unknowingly, when I was not pleased with the way the shape of my
vase was taking form, I picked up my eraser and began to erase. It
worked, but did not erase completely.
This was probably related to those strange numbers that were on
each pencil that I was unfamiliar with. I noticed it was more of a
smudge look, than being erased. I liked it. I made another line and made
another smudge, but this time with my finger. Awesome! It gave it a more
clouded appearance and I was impressed with it. I decided, I am not
erasing that part.
I then progressed to sketching out some flowers. What kind of
flowers are they supposed to be, I cannot say? They came from me. All I
knew was that they were my flowers and were looking unique. My hand
began to move very quickly, my head turning and viewing from different
angles, now this was fun! I was appreciating what I was creating. Magic
was happening right before my very eyes. This blank piece of
drawing paper was taking on a whole new life.
Then a rush and thrill came over me. I wanted to add some color! I
only had some colored pencils around (again from my daughters stash). I
began to play with them. I started to sketch over my pencil lines with
colors. No, I was not concerned or tried to make them fit perfectly, it
was more of a free flow type of stroking and motion. I am all about
forgiving lines instead of straight, measured, lines.
I thought to myself, okay, either something is wrong or I have
just tapped into an undiscovered talent I possess. Guess what? I
was enjoying what I was viewing. It was good! Not only was it good, it
was fun and another outlet for some fresh creativity. I think I just
found another expression for my creative soul. A sudden thrill was
rushing through me.
Since then, I have done three more drawings all of which I am
pleased with. That is the key as with any art form. You are the
creator and the artist. The most important thing is that you are
satisfied with it. If you are not happy with your work, how can you
share your gifts with others to enjoy? You won't.
I encourage you to go try something new. It could be a pottery
class, watercolor, woodworking, gardening, anything with your hands.
There is something relaxing and therapeutic when you use your hands to
create. It releases energy. You feel the texture, you can smell the
paint, you can choose from an array of colors. Best of all it is for you!
My new little beginner's art box was a wonderful and inexpensive
investment I gave myself. I stepped out of my comfort zone and just let
it out. If we do not try new things or sample them, just think of how
many gifts and talents may not surface? Some of the best artists just
experimented until they were satisfied.
Go ahead and take some time to think. What is it that you have never
tried before that you are willing to give a chance? Go stroll through an
art store. I can almost bet you will find something that pulls you in.
Good luck and remember, the most important thing, make it fun. Nothing
needs to be perfect nor will it ever be. Be easy on yourself. Most of
© 2013 Gina Quarles. All rights reserved.
Gina Quarles is a mom, wife and a creative soul who is passionate about the art of writing. She's currently recovering from a near-death auto accident and working on a book, which is an outlet for her healing. She encourages others along the way through kindness and hope. More »