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I created this drawing/painting from one- reference photo  by re-scrambling its segments. What an exercise in value, line and composition! I listed my process under Week Five on the creative drawing page.


  1. Oh my gosh! You did great! Way past my skills. 🙂

    • Thanks Beth. I actually had some trouble trying to get detail in a little space, but I do it all the time when I do the whole composition. Each segment measures 2″x4″ so I was close to what you do. There are so many opportunities for little art. Just think of a grouping of your little pieces that could work together to make a composition.Anyway….just got me to thinking of your little art.

  2. A montage.
    Very nice indeed.
    So much energy

  3. Oh, Leslie, this looks fantastic, and so interesting! Thanks for explaining it. I must try it! What fun!

  4. What’s so cool about this is that it makes me see the details a whole lot better. Usually you just see the image as a whole, but here you see bits of the image apart from each other. It’s a bit like reading backwards. You start to notice new things.

    • Thank-you, Deva. You see parts of the whole and I also think it brings to mind new thoughts on the same subject. I see you have come up with a challenge for us. I’ll see what I can come up with.

  5. That’s why I enjoy your blog, always something new and creative. Very cool!

    • Thank-you, Ryan. I feel like I should be exploring all sorts of techniques if I am going to effectively expose the people I teach to what is available to them in their chosen medium. Some of the things get pretty quirky, though. Wish I had time to do everything justice!

  6. Crikey – in all honesty this would have driven me crazy to do! Well done!

    • Thanks Sarah. 🙂 It really challenges your skills to try and unite the sections, I agree.

  7. Quite astounding – clever you! I would not be able to handle something as complicated as this and it’s very effective. On your creative drawing page the one you’re thinking of doing in the future looks like it would be a superbly successful picture. It also brings to mind the animals of prey that smalltowndad painted so well.

    • Thank-you, June. I agree about that reference I want to do and it does have the triple idea that Ryan used for his eyes painting.

  8. there is no way I would have been able to even do something close to this! Very interesting design. I hope you don’t mind me saying this but it reminds me of the puzzles that you have to shift around to make the image complete.

    • Thanks Carol. I don’t mind you saying that at all. I love puzzles. One of my favorite student watercolors was one where he took jigsaw puzzle pieces, drew them on his paper and painted them.

  9. I like this idea. It reminds of something I was reading recently on how we construct our visual images from parts & assemble them into objects at every glance. If someone has a condition called paraprosia their brain transforms parts, swopping them around. I guess we’re lucky to be able to choose when we do this to make a picture – the reality could be pretty scarey!
    Thinking about this again, this work probably doesn’t quite fit that idea because it’s a rearrangement of sections of the image rather than a rearrangement of the objects.
    Anyway it’s interesting.

    • Thank-you Sonya. I have done what you are talking about where I have moved trees in a landscape or the building to suit my needs. I always call it artistic license and it often makes me feel more upbeat about what I’m creating. 🙂

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