Drawing Practice at Serafimov’s

When my daughter started violin lessons 2 months ago, I decided to use the time to practice drawing.

The studio is small and bare. There is no art on the walls.
There are a few chairs to sit in and a music stand.

I hold a small sketch pad and draw the only things in the room: my daughter, the teacher, and the violins.

There’s no method to this, I just try to draw what I see.

Here are some of my sketches from violin lessons at Mr. Serafimov’s. None of them are great but it’s a challenge to try and draw things that are continually moving.






During one lesson, I spent the entire time working on this elbow…

To capture the excitement of these early lessons,ย  I layered photographs, sketches, and words to create some memory pages.ย  I like the idea ofย  including my own drawings, along with the photos, to make the images unique and personalized. I used Picnik to create them.

When I asked my daughter why she wanted to learn to play the violin, this was her answer…

Mr. Serafimov says “Bravo” when her hands are in correct position.

I’m thankful that I can give my daughter this experience. I hope the exposure to the violin will ignite a life-long love for classical music.

I hope you’re having a wonderful first week of the New Year!

I’m planning a cute owl project with the little people this Friday so I’ll be sharing that soon.

And I’m anxious to visit all of you and see what projects you’ve begun in 2012.


Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Your sketch book was so much fun to look at and admire. You are quite an artist. I think you will enjoy it even more to page through, as the years go by, and your daughter gets older. What a wonderful keepsake.

  2. Jean Golladay

    Thank you for inspiring me! Looks like Sveva has a good bow hold!!!

  3. Floy Height

    My Mom was a musical prodigy and played the violin brilliantly as a child. It is wonderful to see Sveva eager to tackle it and learn!

  4. Nancy Terry

    Inspired…that is what I feel after each of your posts. I may not sketch, but I am motivated to create! Thank you so much

  5. Hi Scarlett !
    This week I am doing well to “create” dinner !!!! Finally slowing down at work – thank goodness. I am anxious to visit you again. These sketches are so HAPPY !
    I love the music accompanying this post. It makes me feel like I feel when I get to visit an art museum or the symphony. Thank you for the little get away !
    I love you .

  6. Bravo! *Bravo* to your sketches and your photos! It is always very inspirational to see the “step by step”-pictures you put here. And these are wonderful!
    And Bravo to your daughter too! ๐Ÿ™‚ My 10 year old want to learn to play the Luth (medieval “guitar”!) – of all things?! *lol* Also because she loves the sound of it! I just don’t think there is many who teach that around here – where we live! *lol*

  7. Hello!
    I envy you for what you’re good at drawing!
    I also love the music you choose for your post.
    If you want to learn to work crochet follow our group on Facebook
    There are girls that teach and do small projects that anyone can follow with satisfaction.
    We translate in English if you want. !
    Have a nice year.
    You would be welcome.

  8. This is a magnificent array of work, Scarlett! The fact that you just did it and pushed through the fears that everyone has when attempting to draw is wonderful. I especially like the combination of photographic imagery combined with the sketching. Bravo!!!

  9. I love the beauty you blended in the photos and your drawings! It has such a magical, memory quality~ Your daughter will treasure these! I, too love classical music. The violin and cello are so hauntingly beautiful~

    Yes, Bravo Scarlett! ๐Ÿ˜€ You are so talented~

  10. BRAVO to you!!! I LOVE this – love that you are doing it for her, love that she has a wonderful teacher, and LOVE that you are using the time to create such beautiful drawings! That elbow is perfect ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I also really love the way you incorporated the digital shots too – you are an artist through and through, xoxo

  11. Melanie Keel

    Yea, learning the violin is a lot of hard work and discipline! So proud of her, it’s not easy, remember her Aunt Mel played for six years in school. Enjoy it’s a beautiful instrument to learn to play!! Cotten Eyed Joe was one of my favorites when I first started to learn. Enjoy sweetheart can’t wait for my show next time I see you. Love you all, Aunt Mel.

  12. These are amazing! What a wonderful way to capture these moments and memories to look back on. Such a great way to spend that time together! Love it!!

  13. @Bonnie–Thanks so much, and you know, my daughter was excited that I had made the pages on the computer, she was already making some suggestions for future pages! ๐Ÿ™‚ I appreciate it, Bonnie, and also wanted to let you know that when I click on your link it says “error 404”, tried it several times. Have a great weekend!

    @Jean –She doesn’t have a choice, lol, she HAS to hold it right or Mr. S stops her….he’s really tough but she stays calm. Not sure how long she’s going to take but I think any amount of learning is beneficial. Thanks for your comment!

    @Floy–That’s so cool, I didn’t know that about your mom! When are YOU going to start a blog? New Year’s is a great time I think! ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Nancy–You are so awesome to say that!! Thank you!! That’s why I started this blog, so glad you got some inspiration! happy Creating!!

    @Jeana –Oh, don’t I know it…we are digging deep in our pantry this week too, I’ve got to get to the store. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by and leave your sweet comments, I know how busy you are these days. Please come visit again soon!

  14. @Elisabeth R. –Yay, thanks so much, you are so kind! Oooh, the luth sounds very interesting..I have one CD of medieval music that I love. Maybe there are some lessons on YouTube!? ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great week and thanks so much for visiting!

    @Anna –Thanks for the comment and the link, maybe the projects are easy enough for even me! When it comes to crochet needles I’m all thumbs, it’s a mess! I think I need to give it another try, thanks for your encouragement and thanks for stopping by!

    @Dee–Thanks, friend..you know I was thinking about one of your recent posts and how we let our skills sort of ‘coast’ without trying to improve…that’s such a good point..I try to work on drawing when I can and if it’s only the 45 minutes of violin, well, it’s better than nothing, right? Thanks for coming by!

    @Ella –Thank you, I’m totally living vicariously through her, lol, I always wanted to take violin when I was younger but never had the opportunity…thanks so much about the drawings and pages, I know we’ll be glad to have them in the future, have a great weekend!

    @Kristin –oh that elbow!! ugh!! LOL, it drove me crazy, you are so kind! ๐Ÿ™‚ You are so sweet, thanks so much, your comments always make me feel good and I hope I can give others the same type of encouragement that you give to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Melanie –I didn’t know you took violin Aunt Mely~! That’s cool! Cotton eyed joe would definitely be fun for her to play, though, I don’t think Mr. S takes too kindly to ‘fiddlin'”, just a hunch. He’s missing out, right!? Love you!

    @Jennifer –Thank you! I’m so glad you liked this memory post, your sweet comments are always appreciated. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  15. Your sketches are incredible Scarlett! And I just love that you layered your sketches with photos. It really really worked. Like really worked! If I had a scanner I would do this too.

  16. I’m in love with the way you used your sketches as layers for the photos! I need to just break down and take a photoshop class. Played the violin for five years in school. I hope she is enjoying it. Still think about taking cello lessons but there is just so little time already.

    • @Vicki –Thanks so much, it’s only Picnik, the online editing site, it’s EASY!! Thanks for visiting! And it’s never too late to learn something new ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Hi Scarlett .. I love the way you’ve layered your drawings … that’s so clever – for us non-creative pictorially types .. but Picnik looks fun .. One day something to look at .. cheers for now .. Hilary

  18. Hi Scarlett! I enjoyed your sketchbook immensely! This looks like such a fun way to journal your daughter’s violin lessons! Your photo layering is also very beautiful! ~Sophia

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