Back to Basics
Sketching is almost everything. It is the painter's identity, his style, his conviction, and then color is just a gift to the drawing. -Fernando Botero
It had been nearly a year since I'd been to my teacher's open studio and when I arrived she asked what I would like to work on. "I want to start at the very beginning," I said, "I feel I really need to properly learn about perspective and sketching."
And so I began, first with simple charts displaying tonal variations and then on to still life. My first subject was a pepper. I learned how to box the subject and how to use my eye and a pencil to gauge measurements. I loved employing a beginner's mind.
The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau
I suppose to some people it might seem strange that I have started over, especially after last year when I spent most of my time working in acrylics and mixed media. As in so many aspects of life a strong foundation is necessary in order to grow and I felt that this was something my work was lacking. Intuitive painting is wonderful and freeing but I found my sketching and drawing skills to be lacking. I decided to slow down and become familiar with the basic tools that would enable me to fully grow as an artist.
"You can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you."
I am so happy that I decided to return to the basics. I find my enthusiasm returning as well as a strong conviction that I am on the right path. It does feel as if the whole world is opening up to me and I am eager to learn all that I can and to apply it to my art. I'm allowing myself to enjoy the process rather than rushing to get to the finish line. There are benefits to being patient, to slowing down and absorbing the lessons art...and life...offer.
Sending a little cheer your way,
I am excited to share with you the news that one of my prints, "The Earth Laughs in Flowers", is going to be featured on notecards that are being created for Ann's Place. Ann's Place is a nonprofit that provides free counseling and wellness activities for cancer survivors and their families. I have been fortunate to be both a recipient of the services they offer as well as a volunteer and am honored to have my work featured!