Kerry says if I keep adding photos to The Daily Sketch page it will take forever to load, so I’m abandoning the page idea and blogging about my recent daily sketches in a regular post.
It was late on August 6th, and I’d spent considerable time earlier in the day loading all my pictures and writing about them–and learning about myself in the process. I’d made a quick computer sketch (thank you, Paint program), but I’m a stickler for doing the thing right; I needed to put implement to paper. I also needed some quick inspiration, so I grabbed Cat Bennett’s book, The Confident Creative. I admit I didn’t read what all the words said, just looked at the pictures and creatively built my own art activity: I drew a basic body outline and then personalized it.
I also finished up a picture (by adding words) I started on 3 Aug, so it’s dated for both.
Here’s a true sketch, done in the car while I waited for Kerry to pick up his birthday meal at Arby’s. It’s an unprepossessing accomplishment, but great learning happened herein. I’d forgotten the benefits of drawing from nature because I spend so much of my life inside my own psyche. Foreground, middle ground, background, what to include, what to leave out . . . On and on; so much to learn!
I pulled some old drawing pads out from under a dresser and out from beside a bookcase–four large sketch books, and one small. I was happily surprised by some of the work I found in them. I expect to do more sketches from nature in the future. Talk about meditative drawing!
From one of the large sketchbooks, I chose half a page and sketched (from my imagination–it’s hard to draw from nature at night) and wrote. I can’t express the pleasure I’m now deriving from my art. I’m less concerned about outcome (sometimes) and more engaged in the process.
Last night I said to myself, “It’s Sunday. I don’t have to do a sketch on Sunday,” then promptly said, “Yes, I do. Every day–something every day. This is doable.” So I did-able.
Here’s a link to Cat Bennett’s first book. Her art is quirky, her words are inspiring. “The more conscious we become, the more we can create and manifest in the world. It isn’t necessary to draw to do these things, but drawing can be a practice–a simple one–that connects us with our true creative selves again” (Cat Bennett, The Confident Creative, 11).