Five Minute Friday: Perspective

I’m joining the Gypsy Mama and her Five Minute Fridays. Rules are: for only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. Won’t you join us?



When I was young, my mother’s father, Papa, as I called him, taught me how to paint. And from the very first brush stroke, I was hooked.

Papa, seeing my interest and blooming passion, made me my very own table-top easel; And, being a painter himself, he encouraged my mom to support the hobby. So, instead of dance or sports, I got to take art lessons. And I’d have it no other way.

One of the first things I learned about art was the importance of perspective. Objects change as your view changes, and you draw what you see, NOT what you know. You may know the book has a spine, but if you cannot see the spine, you do not draw it.

And more importantly, I learned that sometimes you get a better drawing if you change your perspective. Instead of looking at a tiny portion, glance at the big picture – see how the small fits into the big.

Once you understand the importance of perspective in art, it’s easy to spot when the artist has it wrong. The big picture will just look “off”

Life is the same way. Recently, I took a step back. I looked at how my small portion fitted into the big picture and something was off.

So I’m changing my view. I’m erasing certain areas and getting more detailed in others.

I’m changing my perspective.

Are You?



5 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Perspective

  1. Nikki says:

    Oh my — yes!! to take a step back…or step close. to draw in more light….it all boils down to seeking, doesn’t it. this perspective thing.

    So glad we were neighbors today so I knew to read your brilliant 5 min write. I’ll be pondering this. thank you!

    All for Him,


    • Emily says:

      Thanks 🙂 It totally boils down to seeking – and learning to seek. Knowing when it’s time for a new look and when you’re right where you should be. So glad you stopped by!


  2. Jessie Gunderson says:

    Love how you wove your experience into a great lesson. I can see it and I want that perspective too.

    Btw-my kids call my dad papa. 🙂 Love it! And I’ve got one who’d rather draw than anything.


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