Time To Really Draw

Time To Really Draw - student project

I was going through some confidence and 'Do I have any talent?' issues back in the day when I happened upon a story about a famous artist at the local library.

Giotto's Perfect Circle

There are a lot of stories about Giotto.

The most famous is his big O.

Pope Boniface VIII wanted to commission some paintings for St. Peter’s and so he sent a courtier around to find the best painter in Italy. The courtier asked all the artists to give him a sample of their work to send to the Pope. He came to Giotto’s workshop, explained his mission, and asked him for a drawing which would give the Pope some idea of his competence and style. “Sure,” said Giotto; and he laid down a sheet of paper, reached for a brush dipped in red paint, closed his arm to his side to make a sort of compass of it, and in one even sweep scribed a perfect circle. “There you are,” he told the courtier, handing it to him with a smile.

“That’s your drawing?” asked the courtier, who didn’t know whether Giotto was pulling his leg. “Is that all you’re going to send His Holiness?”

“That’s more than enough,” said Giotto. “Send it with your other drawings and see whether it’s understood or not.”

The Pope’s messenger took the drawing and went away trying to hold his temper. Did that little painter think he was a fool?

When he got back to Rome he showed the Pope the big O and told him how Giotto had scribed it—freehand, without a compass. The pope and his advisors DID understand the achievement of that O and gave Giotto the commission.

I sat down after reading this and started drawing 'Round and Round'...Big O's..lots of them,,, thousands. They started out a little wobbly and then I would adjust my arm and relax more and finally, they started getting round...very round.

I then moved to Up and Down and Back and Forth (side to side) found the Zig-zag and the Wiggle and finally the Dot.  These 6 LINES  CHANGED MY ARTISTIC LIFE.

They can change yours too. Ask Giotto.

Artist / Art Teacher