watercolor

Watercolor Fun

Also started painting more, taping “practice” watercolor paper onto a clipboard, then playing with wet washes and drawing what I find in the dried paint…

Other times, drew out things in pen-and-ink, then laid in washes after that…

Turns out, drawing and painting are very separate tasks and yet so symbiotic, each depending on the other to enhance its best qualities…

Some pages got divvied up into quadrants,  so I painted out small thumbnails of things I passed on my daily walks through San Francisco.

Mostly, it’s just nice to capture a moment, to lock in the feeling that caused my hand to reach for the pen.

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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.

End of June Sketches

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As much as I’d like to draw every day, I just refuse to force it and, instead, wait for wu wei to provide some inspiration.

Sometimes, I draw from life while other times from photos.  Either way, I wait till something about an image touches me, inspiring me to capture it.

It’s getting easier to draw people.  Even though my sketches aren’t perfect renditions of the subjects, the more I do them, the more confident I feel.

Still, each time I start, I’m certain that I’ll never be able to capture what I see.

Afterward, when I look at what I’ve drawn, I realize that, if nothing else, what I have captured is the inspiring spark that got me to reach for the pencils.

 

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.