|The current chalkboard mural in my living room allows me to enjoy some autumn foliage when I'm inside.|
The only formal art training I can claim is a drawing class I took for part of a semester when I was around twelve years old. I remember being very excited about my first assignment. I worked really hard on my drawing and was really proud to turn it into the teacher. Imagine my shock and disappointment when I learned the grade I received on it was a D.
I wish I had that drawing now but I threw it away and didn't tell a soul about it. Instead I silently observed everything that happened in class and figured out that the teacher only gave the As out to the meticulous students who could draw straight lines without a ruler (and no extra credit for creativity). I was able to conform to these standards enough to get a passing grade but I no longer enjoyed the class and by the end of it I had decided that drawing just wasn't for me.
Of course I eventually grew up and realized that I don't need anyone's grade of approval to do the things I enjoy. I learned to create art my way and not to worry about conforming to someone else's standards or expectations. Still, I have always been just a little more comfortable holding a painting utensil than I am holding a drawing utensil.
This fact made facing a chalkboard the size of a small billboard a little daunting at first but it has proved to be a really good challenge for me. It has made me, both literally and figuratively, reach a little higher and dream a little bigger than I may have otherwise.
So here's a look back at my first year of chalkboard murals. I'm giving every one of them an A+ for being some of the best art teachers I have ever had.
|My first chalkboard mural was a celebration of Classic Rock.|
|My second chalkboard mural was for Thanksgiving|
|A Birthday Mural For Hippie|
|I managed to find a little time each day to draw a snowflake or two for this winter holiday chalkboard mural.|
|So far the prediction of this New Year's Eve chalkboard mural is holding true.|
|I'm convinced this Baltimore Ravens chalkboard mural somehow contributed to their Super Bowl win.|
|This spring flower themed chalkboard mural lasted through the spring and summer gardening seasons.|
|And then I took a little break before getting to the autumn chalkboard mural at the top of this post.|
Click here to see more of my chalkboard murals.