sketchy discovery

March 27, 2013




sketchy discovery

1. rocking chair at crystal lake
2. parking meters at train station
3. batman
4. 7th birthday party invitation
5. flowers and note on a cozy evening

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to add more artistic endeavors in my life. Last night I had an hour where I could have folded laundry, cleaned a bathroom, read a book, prepped for tomorrow night’s dinner…or made art. I have an unused box of colored pencils given to me for Christmas, sitting forlornly on my dresser for the past 3 months, so I went looking for drawing paper.

In the back of my closet I discovered some old sketchbooks from 8, and more, years ago. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since I really drew anything other than doodles when I take notes at work. It was a trip down memory lane.

I was taking a drawing class at the Ann Arbor Art Center when I did the pencil drawing of the rocking chair. I don’t really enjoy making realistic drawings of things—I am way too impatient for that, and I like wonky. Besides, if I want a realistic image, I have a camera. But I do think drawing a photo-like image is a good exercise. It helps develop a sense of line, proportion and shadow for other, more wonky, artistic endeavors. And for me, I hope it helps develop some much-lacking patience.

I remember exactly where I was when I made nearly all of the drawings in my sketchbooks.

The rocking chair: done one summer when we were spending a week at my husband’s family cottage on Crystal Lake in northern Michigan.

The parking meters: I was in my car at the train station on a cold winter morning waiting for my friend Cathy to arrive for a visit.

The batman: I drew years ago when I was trying to come up with a cool idea for my son’s Valentine’s day card.

The birthday party invitation: for my daughter’s 7th birthday.

The writing by the flowers says:

Coloring with Z & T
They’re working on
Penny Pioneer coloring
contest…choc chip cookies
just out of the oven..raining out
mmm…nice cozy evening

(Penny Pioneers was a club at our credit union for kids.)

I never did end up drawing with my colored pencils last night! I was too distracted by my sketchbooks, and then by a phone call…Making time for art is a tricky business!

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