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Monday, February 9, 2009

Art Day: drawing or painting what you DON’T know – what happened after the conference

On Thursday, I blogged about writing what you DON’T know. Today I’m going to suggest that you draw or paint what you DON’T know.


Image © Stephanie Ruble

When the conference ended on Sunday, my friend Emily suggested that we go to see the butterfly exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. So Emily, Angela and I went to the butterfly exhibit thanks to Emily’s friend Paul, who was nice enough to get us in and show us the butterflies. Thanks Paul!!!


Image © Stephanie Ruble

I’ve seen butterflies and I’ve even been to a butterfly exhibit before, but this time was different. I made a friend! They released new butterflies into the exhibit while we were there, and this little one flew right to my hand, crawled on top of my camera (which made it hard to take pictures – Paul took the one below). She stayed with me until we were ready to leave, when they coaxed her onto a leaf.


Image © Paul Berger

My new friend and the other butterflies I saw and took pictures of inspired me to draw what I don’t know. I’m not a butterfly artist, or at least I wasn’t before. Since that day I’ve done tons of sketches and several paintings. At first I tried to make them look like the pictures, but I’m not a realistic artist.


Image © Stephanie Ruble

Now I’m painting pictures inspired by the butterflies and they’re much better … although I don’t have any to show yet. Soon! I hope. Until then, I'm posting pictures of some of my other friends, in hopes that you will be inspired to draw or paint a butterfly (or even write about one).


Image © Stephanie Ruble


Image © Stephanie Ruble


Image © Stephanie Ruble


Image © Stephanie Ruble

Or you could paint something else that inspires you. Adrienne summed it up wonderfully said in the comments section the other day, "I guess if you stick only to what your comfortable with, you don't discover any fresh ideas."

Go create something new, different, daring, and fresh!