Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Drawing Is Good For The Spirit

"Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day,
for no matter how little it is, it will be well worthwhile,
and it will do you a world of good."
~ Cennino Cennini

I took a little break from drawing the state birds except for Sunday, but I
am continuing to make sketching part of my daily summer routine.
It's getting easier everyday and that feels really good!

6-15-19 • drawing with a grid for my upcoming class project
6-16-19 • Mountain Bluebird - Idaho State Bird
6-17-19 • Hummingbird Sketch in Watercolor Journal
6-18-19 • 15 min. Watercolor Sketch - Class Demo
6-19-19 • From a photo of a fresh flower wreath
Jerry saved this from the trash for me to sketch.
I set up and worked right from my computer.
"When you do a sketch from life or a photo, don't be afraid to move things around,
use your imagination and employ some artistic license!"
~ Sandy Sandy

Stay Inspired My Friends!

X ♥  O

Friday, June 14, 2019

From Arkansas To Connecticut

"Drawing teaches habits of close observation
that will always be useful."
~ Susanna Clarke
I have continued with the daily project of sketching the state birds.  I'm still really enjoying it and can easily do these pencil sketches in 10 - 20 minutes.  They are not the best drawings I have ever done, but that doesn't matter as much as the fact that I am making a habit of drawing regularly and they are getting easier to do. I really think some of you should give it a try. It's a great exercise. I am posting the photos here, but you can see them larger by going to this link:





District of Columbia

Happy Creating My Friends!

X ♥  O

Monday, June 10, 2019

Drawing The State Birds

"Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day,
for no matter how little it is, it will be well worth while, 
and it will do you a world of good."
~ Cennino Cennini

I don't have a lot of time for sketching right now, but I wanted to keep up with my summer sketching series, even if it is only for a few minutes each day, because I know that even a small amount of time has a lot of great benefits. So I decided to start a project of sketching the state birds.  Who knows where it will lead .... I'm really enjoying it and I can already see my drawings are going faster and getting easier.

I went to Wikipedia and got all the information I need to get started. The photos are all free to use, so there is no issue with drawing from them. I thought some of you might like to join me on this project! I am posting the photos here, but you can see them larger by going to this link:



Here are the photos and my sketches from them over the past few days.
Won't somebody join me? 
10-15 min. pencil sketches
Happy Creating My Friends!

X ♥  O

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Charge on!

"Our ability to grow is directly proportional
to an ability to entertain the uncomfortable." 
~ Twyla Tharp

Still feeling pretty rusty, but I spent the last couple
of days getting reacquainted with some old friends...

You Are A Rhinoceros ... Charge On!

And another go at the cardinal on the pine cone ....

You can see the reference shots of this figurine HERE.

Keep Sketching Everyone! 
It's all down hill from here ...

 Happy Creating,

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Let Creativity Become Your Habit

"When creativity has become your habit;
when you've learned to manage time, resources,
expectations, and the demands of others; 
when you understand the value and place of 
validation, continuity, and purity of purpose, 
then you're on the way to an artist's ultimate goal;
the achievement of mastery."
~Twyla Tharp

June 2, 2019

June 3 + 4, 2019

I've been continuing everyday with these 2 minute warmup gestures. 
Adding watercolor wash, makes them a total of 4 minute sketches.
See my gesture drawing set-up video HERE.

Happy Creating My Friends!

X ♥  O

Saturday, June 1, 2019


Today is the first Day of Summer Sketching 2019!
I just discovered an inspiring, author, philosopher and dancer, named Twyla Tharp. I am currently studying her book, 'The Creative Habit' and enjoying it very much; especially since I have decided to pursue The Creative Habit of Drawing Everyday again this summer!

I'm a bit rusty, but I drew 3 sets of 1/4 turn, 2 minute gestures this afternoon
and I feel pretty psyched!

Here's the first set with the reference shots, if you'd like to give it a try.
I'm putting together a short video explaining how I do this exercise and it will be
coming out soon. In the meantime, you can  go HERE to see photos and a detailed
explanation of the process.  Feel free to use these reference shots to do your own
drawings, if you want to. If you do, a mention, #Sketchingeveryday
(and a link if you are so inclined) is always appreciated!

"Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is a result of good work habits.
That's it in a nutshell ...
In order to be creative, you have to know how to prepare to be creative."
~ Twyla Tharp

 Happy Sketching and Creating,
P.S. See a link to Twyla's book on Amazon in the side bar.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Somewhere in the Rockies II

 "When going back makes sense, you are going ahead."
~ W. Berry

I sketched this scene in pencil and watercolor wash
over ten years ago, back on August 28, 2008.

I used reference from two different Colorado photos, taken while
visiting there the month before. I didn't copy either picture, 
merely used them for inspiration, while adding a healthy,
heaping helping of Artistic License to the mix.

This value sketch is a useful road map and inspiration for a future painting.

I am publicly announcing that I will be sketching everyday again this year
from June 1 - August 31, 2019! Maybe you'd even like to give it a try!

Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits. Twyla Tharp
Read more at:
"While most people in the arts think they have to be constantly looking forward to be
edgy and creative .... the real secret of creativity is to go back and remember."
~ Twyla Tharp
Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits. Twyla Tharp
Read more at:

Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits. Twyla Tharp
Read more at:

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Drawing Skill Diminishes

"Draw, as much and as often as you can.
When drawing lies fallow,
the skill diminishes."
~ Gene Black

I have not kept up my drawing everyday this summer like I had planned. It seems that the older I get, the harder it is to fit everything I need to do into a 16 - 18 hour day. Regardless of other obligations, there are really no excuses. I just didn't want it bad enough, because somehow, we make time for the things that really matter, the things that we really want to do.  

Although still sketching and drawing, it is not with the same intensity or commitment that was given to "drawing everyday" for seven summers in a row. Of course, to clarify, I was not teaching and giving demos regularly, involved in the local art center and town art walk, didn't have my own art gallery or have Instagram or an online course, wasn't contributing to online communities with videos, or obligated to stay on top of several websites and facebook accounts. Phew! OK, enough of that! I'm not feeling guilty anymore ....

BUT I do want to say that my skills are NOT up to par like they were when I was sketching more. If you can, it is well worth your time and effort to draw something everyday. Here's a couple of drawings from yesterday that aren't horrible, but they took a lot more time than expected.

Don't let my example sway your dedication to study drawing! Everybody feels awkward and fumbles around with it in the beginning. Even if you can draw, but have been delinquent in doing it for a while, it can make you feel downright inadequate and uncomfortable. But that's what growth is all about! Accept the challenge and enjoy the process. If you work through it, and dedicate some time everyday (as little as 15 - 30 minutes), I assure you, that drawing will become easier and more enjoyable the more you do it. (Scrolling through my blog archives here may help get you inspired.)

Thanks So Much for Stopping By & Happy Creating!

X ♥  O

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Sketching Is Your Identity, Your Style, Your Conviction

"Sketching is almost everything.
It is the painter's identity, her style, her conviction.
The color is just a gift to the drawing."
~ F. Botero

Small figurines that you love, make great models for quick gesture drawings.
If you go through the archives here, you'll see many versions of these little guys.
You'll  never get tired of drawing your favorite things,
because when you sketch and paint what you love, it shows!

If you are strapped for time, just do one set of 2 minute gestures everyday.
You'll be surprised how much even that little bit will help!

This shows you how I set up my little model for this sketching Session.

Some Tips on Drawing two minute gestures from life.:
• When drawing small objects, it helps to get the item closer to eye level, so I set them up on a box or a large coffee can.

• It also helps to isolate the subject with a solid colored background.

• Closing one eye often helps if you are having difficulty.

• When drawing, try to keep your body and head in the same position or your view will change.

• Prop your drawing pad up at an angle. Use a Beanie Baby, or something similar.

• Squint to see large shapes as you start to draw quickly.

• Hold your pencil **In position One like a wand (**Like you were conducting an orchestra) It's the complete opposite position from **position Two  - the position we use to write our name.

Position One For Sketching
Position Two For Details

• Block in large shapes **In position One. Use the side of the pencil. Look at negative space. Make comparisons. Work fast.

• Then, if you still have time, turn the pencil to *position Two  and add a few details.

• You can see a short video on sketching gestures and how to hold your pencil here.

Follow this link for more tips on how to go about doing these quick gestures.…/in-starting-gate-and-the…  The brain processes 3D objects differently than when viewing flat, 2D reference. Drawing from photos is good practice too, but there are some real benefits to to starting off sketching studies with drawing from life!

"Sketching is like dancing. It's process as much as product.
You can turn your head off and just sort of dissolve into the now."
~ M. Crabapple

Happy Creating My Friends!

X ♥  O