Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Some Hand Drawing
Since I have been back I have been trying to get back into my routines. Not that easy but it needs to happen for sanity purposes.
I have been doing a lot of hand drawing in my sketchbook. When I was in Tucson all I had was my sketchbook and pens. Drawing while sitting on the lovely, bright porch was an important part of my day. I don't have the porch here, nor the birds singing, nor the light (sad face) but I still need to make the art. My studio is a dark disaster so I have been drawing on my bed. The bedroom is the lightest room in my very dark apartment. My apartment is so dark I need to keep the lights on all the time. I miss the light in Tucson the most.
When I first started painting all those eons ago, my sketchbook was used in a different way. Just a place to jot down quick sketches of plants, buildings etc. Usually in pencil. Sometimes in rapidograph (yes I am that old). I never thought of it as being a place for completed work. That is until I discovered the sketchbooks of Lisa Congdon.
Lisa is a wonderful illustrator who's work I have been very attracted to lately. This weekend I took a quick online class with her called Sketchbook Explorations on the Creative Bug website. She is a wonderful teacher and she really shows/explains the Zen of drawing. That is what she does really. There is no other way to describe the repeating patterns in her sketchbooks. Over and over and over. The same marks made repeatedly. It takes some getting used to in order to work that way. I usually get impatient and I am ready to move on to the next page! So this is a very good process for me to work on right now. P.A.T.I.E.N.C.E.