Okay, I hear you say… ‘don’t give up the day job’. It’s not a masterpiece, but an experimentation with pencil shading. Besides, I’ve already given up my day job. And of course it’s the process that’s important rather than the product (well that will be my excuse for a crap drawing).
No, I haven’t misspelt stumbling… although I’ve done quite a lot of stumbling recently. The word is ‘scumbling’. I’ve never heard the word before. I had to ask the understanding art teacher to spell it out. What a great undiscovered word from me. Just imagine, I’ve been on this planet earth for 55 years and I’ve never come across it. It sounds like a ‘down and out’ kind of word – some kind of activity a street urchin might engage in. Let’s check it in the dictionary…
- soften the colors or outlines of a drawing by rubbing.
Yes, teacher is right. I should never have doubted her. Well, in fact the picture that you see has crosshatching on the left and scumbling on the right. But I’m still fascinated by the word. I guess I’m a pedant without the knowledge to be pedantic. Words fascinate me… how could this incongruous word have escaped my clutches.
Class continues… we all have a chat and a laugh. I thought I was doing well coping with my disability. But now it seems we are being asked to introduce new ‘disabilities.’ Sketching with our ‘non-dominant’ hand and holding the pencil at the very end. This is going to end badly I know.
Wow, I’m mistaken. And I’m not alone. What is appearing before our eyes is almost decent. It’s out of control and has escaped the grasp of my right brain. This is the way to go. No more analysis; just hand to paper. What a relief – it’s left-hand all the way for me.
I see there’s another second meaning for scumbling
… to blur the outlines of…. e.g. a writer who scumbled the line that divides history and fiction.
It seems to be appertain to the world we now live in. Aren’t they all just playing at scumbling with facts… those politicians.