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The Struggle…

The struggle is to make myself practice.  I just want to be able to draw right now.  So after going through some exercises, I attempted the “mirror” drawing again, first drawing with a pen so I could not erase, and then doing two sketches with pencil.  I think I can see improvement… shape of face, expression in eyes and mouth.  It could be “someone”, but probably does not look much like me.  The accomplishment is simply that I will want to practice again, and won’t feel like giving up.  Do you want to give up? Don’t give up…. practice, practice, practice.  Just do it!

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A mug shot, perhaps?

No, not really.  And I just know you won’t laugh.  I’ve been practicing looking at myself in the mirror and trying to draw my image without looking at the picture very much.  At first, I used a white crayon and drew several practice sketches, finishing them off with a wash of acrylic paint so the white crayon outlines would show.  Then, I made this one with pencils.  At first, I tried to just catch the basics… no details.  I made marks on my paper to get the dimensions of the face closer to reality.  Lyric Kinard has instructions for all of these practice sessions in her blog… her link is to the left of this blog post area. After getting the basic dimensions on paper, I used some shading and added some details.  I see after looking at her blog today that I need to try again to eliminate making it look perfect and just catch the basic lines.  Much work to still do before I can feel I’ve accomplished this skill, but I at least I am practicing.  I still haven’t done anything that would fit with the Spill Over theme for the Sketch Challenge, but I have a few days before the end of March.  Happy drawing to you!  (Drawing removed)

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Routines…

Yesterday found us playing 18 holes of golf, so the routine was thrown out the window.  In an effort to establish some way to do all the things I like to do each day, I have created a bit of a routine.  Nothing is set in stone… it all can change on a whim, but when I can, I start the day with some online reading and research about drawing, applique, quilting, purse designing … or whatever skill fits with my current projects.  It also allows me to have the slow start that I prefer… drinking my coffee, watching the morning shows, and researching/reading online… multi-tasking works!  Now it’s time for my walk, so I’ll be out and about for an hour or so enjoying the sunshine.  Then, time for actively drawing and sewing.  The evening meal will need to be planned and prepared somewhere in this part of the day, also. Later in the day, I’ll sit again and do some handwork or more drawing.  Retirement can be wonderful without all of the constraints on one’s time… but be careful!  Creativity is a natural part, and dare I say “need”, of a human being.  With no constraints on time, TV and digital media can usurp all of your day and night, leaving you with very limited accomplishment.  Retired people still need to feel they are “doing” something meaningful.  Some people put a lot of time into volunteer work… bless them.  Once settled permanently again, we will look into adding that to the routine again.  For now, I hope to see some study and improvement in my favorite skills.  What about you?  Do you have a routine?

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Initiative … trying something new 2

Creating a blog is another step forward.  I hope you enjoy seeing my projects and the small number of purses that I have for sale.  You can purchase them by sending me an email.  When I respond, I will tell you the payment method and the total price including shipping costs.  But most of all, thanks for reading and responding.

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Initiative…. trying something new!

Finally… after thinking about learning to draw for years, I made the jump and joined the first “Sketch In” in Cary.  Thank you, Lyric, for getting us started as an official group.  I hope more artists will join the effort, the practice, the camaraderie, and the fun by joining us next time.

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