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February Sketches

Started off following more drawing exercises from Ted Dodson’s Keys to Drawing.  Each time, I work to detach myself from perfection and let the imperfect have its way…

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Took some time to practice portraits, some from life, mostly from photos, all done relatively quick…

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Some portraits were more detailed and took more time…

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Worked on a  few Butte County landscapes…

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Did some architecture studies…

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Plus a couple random watercolors…

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And, of course, sketched a few things in the Moleskine.

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All in all, a very pleasing and productive month.

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Summer Sketches

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Been a long summer.  Have enjoyed drawing this past month and feel as if I really must do more, learn more, practice more, expand on what I already know.  We’ll see what happens.

Month-End Moleskine Sketches

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Lotsa sketching this month.

After taking a six-month break, it’s nice to see that all I learned during my first year of learning has settled into my subconscious.  Now, rather than worrying that a drawing will suck, I just look at my subject, study its lines, and put it down on paper.  Sometimes, it does suck.  But I don’t worry so much anymore.

That’s a nice change.

 

Mid-Month Moleskine Sketches

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Started drawing a couple years ago.  Had always wanted to but never thought I could.  I used to watch with envy as others put pen to page and re-created what they saw in front of them.

Truth was:  I couldn’t draw because I never did.  Wasn’t till I was willing to do it all wrong, to make mistakes and embarrass myself, that I was able to see how easily those mistakes can be corrected.

Of course, I’m no master artist.  I’m an amateur at best, one who does it for the love of doing it.  And what do I love most?  When I draw, my mind goes mute; words are abandoned, which prohibits self-criticism.

I just look at a thing and pay close attention, noticing its lines and shapes and shadows.  There’s no judgment involved, just a little love as I bring the image to life on a lined piece of paper.