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Simple Sketching

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
~Confucius
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This week I kept it simple with my sketchbook and only did one little page and a little somethign to send off to a friend. It would be really easy to say I failed only getting so little in, but really, I did it, so why declare it as a fail?!

Cheers,

B

 

Sketchbook Bits

The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself.

Emmet Fox

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First, my cousin posted something on FB a wee bit ago that got me thinking about how we treat one another. We have so many reasons that back up our distastful actions and it's sad. Without going into all the details of it I share with you the results of my thoughts. We need to see larger and give love, that's all there is to it.
Another little watercolour page. Just playing around since I'm WAY out of the habit of sketching at all again and need to get back into it.
And lastly a birthday present for a friend who loves books as much as I do. Apparently she loves it too much to toss it between book pages and is geting it framed, as long as she loves it I can't complain.
 
Cheers,
B

 

Mission Accomplished

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No one has a problem with the first mile of a journey.Even an infant could do fine for a while. But it isn’t the start that matters. It’s the finish line.

~Julien Smith,The Flinch

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I’m done.  My first every sketchbook is full and I can now place it on my book shelf and head off to purchase a new one.

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One thingI learned was that I didn’t always like it.  Sitting down to make myself to the work was almost always necessary, but almost as often I was glad I did.

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Another lesson: show up and you never know what shows up. I started with the same idea and had it turn into 4 different things, not a single one of them the item I was thinking, but each something I enjoyed.

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And lastly, ugly works.  I have some king nasty sketches in this book, and that’s more than okay.  Between those ugly ones are sketches I love and plan on using. Plus, I learned something with the ugly sketches,and they did add to the page count which allowed me to complete this goal.  Everything in life all adds up to the final sum, ugly or pretty.

I will leave my phone alarms on to remind myself to sketch daily, it’s still something I’m going to push myself to do.

Cheers,

B

Reevaluating my Sketchbook

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Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.

~Grandma Moses

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Sketching.  It’s happening.  It was good, then I got busy and it got shoved to the back burner, that’s what happens when you’re not completely there.  But I want to be, and I know part of it is just about getting into a routine and just doing it, so I did two things.

I counted how many pages I had left in my sketchbook and figured how many sketches I needed to do in a day in order to meet my goal of filling a sketchbook by the end of October.  Then I set a couple alarms on my phone so I have that reminder, twice in a day, that sketching needs to be a part of my day.  And guess what?  It’s working!  I’m sketching more frequently and filling these pages, it’s brilliant.two girls

The other day I found myself with a few minutes to fill between class letting out and meeting up with a friend.  I pulled out my tools and got to sketching and came up with this brilliant little fella. I’m in love.  Now I need to get him onto canvas.

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Plus a while ago on my FB Page I asked people what their favourite animals are.  I got some great animals named and now I’d love to branch out and see some of them come out in the pages of my sketchbooks.  It would give me a great idea of a few more critters to paint.

So, it looks like I’m on track for filling this book.  And that makes me happy. Time to start looking for a new book I suppose.

Cheers,
B

 

Sketchbook

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Sketchbooks and journals are the street lamps that illuminate the artist’s journey.

~Neil Waldman

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I decided a couple days ago to start keeping a sketchbook.  This is not my first attempt at this, but it will be the one that sticks. I figured I’d show you a few of the things that have come out since I first cracked open the cover.

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I am still waiting for my street lamp to turn on, but so far it’s been enjoyable.

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I think one of the keys for me is trying new things right now so it doesn’t get boring, and seeing what draws me in.

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So far I have done two-handed drawings, short timed drawings, and drawings in ink rather than relying on the safety and erasability of pencils.continuous line

It is after all, about enjoying the journey is it not?

Cheers,

B