Life lessons from art class

Recently I began taking drawing classes. I’ve never considered myself much of an artist and have never taken any kind of art lessons before, so I entered the class as a blank slate of sorts.

On the first day, my instructor, Beth Smith, gave me a handout on which she had listed “Rules for Drawing.” As I read the list and have worked with the principles since, I learned that some of the rules of drawing might also translate into some lessons for living.

Work simple to complex, light to dark, large to small, and general to specific. I have found that I tend to be a detail-oriented person. While this trait can be a gift, I also struggle with the tendency to get bogged down in the small things. To use another well-worn metaphor, I often “can’t see the forest for the trees.” This drawing rule reminded me to approach

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