The great things of life are what they seem to be, and for that reason, strange as it may sound to you, are difficult to interpret. But the little things of life are symbols.
~ Oscar Wilde, De Profundis
The hard part of drawing is to actually see the things you’re looking at. Your idea of a tree, a mountain, a person, will tend to devolve into symbol. You are constantly lured into seeing through your brain, by abstraction, rather than through your eye. But the wild, absurd, incredible fact of a thing in itself is always more than you can grasp.