seventeen . . and mad as hell by evon ski

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I was kicked out of art class when I was seventeen. The only damn thing I cared about was taken away from me. Did I deserve it for my crime?
During the life drawing aspect of class, an aquintance volunteered to be our drawing subject.
I drew the fully clothed volumptous blonde nude and turned the scarf around her neck into a snake. That new teacher hated me and used it to swat me out of the class. It really burned. I couldn’t believe it and I was mad as hell. I came home and drew this line drawing self portrait as I vowed to keep drawing.
When I viewed the class’s work at a local show months later, I observed that all the drawings looked alike. They were boring in their similarity. huh. . . . .
I realized I had not fit in because I was not moldable in the same sense. Quiet me, I was a bother to the instructor. I realized it was for the best. Thus I began my forays in creative writing as I drew for my own sake.


yvonca, line drawing

enjoy making direct work from natural materials in my prairie and wildlife sanctuary.
i am a very restless person and I work in many different ways with a variety of media.

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.
Anne Marrow Lindbergh

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  • Cynthia Lund Torroll
    Cynthia Lund T...over 3 years ago

    oh, what a story ~ i’ve heard toooo many like that.
    love your drawing and fierce determination.
    you win.
    you win.
    you didn’t need teach…


  • ha haa and funny then that I would become an art teacher?!? and delight in the endless varieties of student ways and abilities. always we learn together. thank you for your great comment. xo

    – evon ski

  • Cynthia Lund Torroll
    Cynthia Lund T...over 3 years ago

    i thank GOD you’re an art teacher now. what a perfect end to this story. they can learn the Y delight approach to life/art/creating…

  • he he . . . I love my students and always have a riot with them. sometimes I feel like I’m just partying with them . . . in an ART sense of course. I see their faces looking at me and know they think I’m a bit of a nut.
    funny that IS a good ending to that story. and how’s this for a bizarre twist: the last name of that teacher was the SAME last name of a destructive shovel of a teacher I almost was snuffed out by in grad school. whaz up?
    thanks sweetie!!

    – evon ski

  • Will Vandenberg
    Will Vandenbergover 3 years ago

    My art training was doodling during class. I drew the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 6th grade and was lectured about how evil they were. So naturally I became a notorious rebel throughout my high school years. I love this story Y. I’m glad you had that quiet defiance in you because you’re work is top notch.

  • quiet defiance . . . well pegged! You are too kind Will and so glad you liked it. There is a lot to be say for doodling. I’m a big fan of the doodle.
    Oh those evil turtles . . sheesh, some adults really know how to “bring out” the rebel in a kid. even though they are trying to do the opposite. :))

    – evon ski

  • Lozzar Flowers & Art
    Lozzar Flowers...over 3 years ago

    I hope your not still smouldering!!
    I never fitted in a box. Still don’t. Thank God for that!!

  • LOL, I’m good now. and can be glad I don’t fit in a box either. Thank you for adding your kind heart to this conversation. :))

    – evon ski

  • Natasha  Perova
    Natasha Perovaover 2 years ago

    отличная работа !!! magic drawing !!!

  • Oh Lovely compliment and I thank you!!!

    – evon ski

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghover 1 year ago

    Loving the lines. Great expression here!

  • ha haaa thanks so very much. i did not have any idea how strong I was or how strong i would become . . . .

    – evon ski

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