Monday, 9 January 2012

More sketching

Over in our Painting Friends forum, we're having a daily sketch challenge.
So far, I am enjoying the discipline of knowing I ought to pick up the sketchbook every day and do something!
Some will be whimsical and some more traditional, whatever takes my fancy on the day.




I am approaching this with the idea that it should be fun and not a chore.
Yes, we could all do with improving - me included- but I don't want to do that at the expense of losing the joy.
Surely joy was the reason we all came to painting and drawing anyway - wasn't it? 



What brought me to drawing and painting? I can't remember if I told  you.  In a nutshell, I had started a new business, wasn't very busy and looked to drawing and painting to fill my time because I loved art at school. So I took a class and off I went. I'm still going :) 
How about you? What made you decide to pick a brush or a pencil up?

22 comments:

  1. Good Morning, Pat. Sketchbook at the ready is something from which we all would benefit. Love your drawing of Misty! To answer you question about getting into art, I think I'll have to write it up in my blog, as it is a bit of a long story.

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  2. Love the sketches Pat. :) And you are so right about the joy, that's why we all started isn't it? I don't remember the exact moment I started painting, I think maybe I just always have. :)

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  3. sketch a day is a great idea! I have always been drawing and painting for fun, but the eventual difference for me was when I decided to really work on the technical aspect of drawing. I had just moved to Scotland and me and my partner decided to dedicate some time each night to drawing faces, eventually we both became much better than we expected :)
    Cheers :)x

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  4. It's one of my resolutions: more sketching! And yours look great! Years ago my neighbour took a plein air watercolour class and I joined in. That is how it started for me. :) xx

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  5. Dear Pat.
    It is a wonderful idea to reflect why you are doing something. I was like you. I loved the painting as I was a child. When I was a young woman, so I started again. But at that time I had to little time for hobbies. I had to take care of house and the children. Now I have leisure enough to try it again.
    Best wishes
    Elsbeth xx

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  6. What a beautiful journal you will have with all the wonderful hand drawn pictures. I envy you.

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  7. Wonderful sketches, Pat. You are so right...without joy in our artwork, then it would become a chore such as scrubbing floors :)

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  8. Your approach is an excellent one. Once it starts to feel like a chore the fun is gone. I love the sketch of Missy

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  9. Actually, I don’t remember a time when I DIDN’T have a brush, pencil, crayon or something in my hand. But it’s just in the past few years that I’m taking classes.

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  10. Yes Pat.. It is the joy and rest come after that.. I loved your sketchbook shots. It is really great to be able to sketch everyday..

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  11. Hi Kathryn - I shall look forward to that post, it'll be interesting, I've no doubt :) xx

    Funnily enough Crystal, its not why everyone started, I know a few who have come to painting as a therapy for their illness, and grown to love it! xx

    oh yes, Kyla, I am sure that applying oneself like that will show great improvements!

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  12. Wow Judy, good for you. Did your neighbour keep up? xx

    Elsbeth, fancy that! Children getting in the way of painting :lol: Must be why I never had any :) xx

    Thanks, Willow. It will remind me of this year, that's for sure :) xx

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  13. Jan, scrubbing floors? Oh my - I would feel like running away to see.. where they scrub decks :lol:

    Thanks, Ann. No chores in art for me - and sketching darling Missy - never a chore! xx

    Wow Robin - good for you . Enjoy the classes xx

    Thanks Prabal, it is so relaxing and makes me smile when I'm done. I love it :) xx

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  14. What a lovely post Pat. Yes, it has to be fun and sketching is a great way of enjoying our art.

    I started painting at a time when I was feeling very stressed at work and realised I had to choose between finding a relaxing hobby or having a mental breakdown. I chose the hobby. A comment in a Frank Clarke book that "anyone can paint" caused me to have a go ... and I haven't looked back.

    I love looking in your sketchbook. ;-)

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  15. I'm glad you found the book that started you on the road, John. Also very glad that drawing and painting stopped you having a breakdown *hugs* xx

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  16. I like your doggy sketch Pat. I may not remember what started me off painting, though I seem to recollect doing a pastel painting of a bluebell when I was a small child at school, but I do remember what the first CD was that I ever bought - Groovy Kind Of Love by Phil Collins!

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  17. Those are fun drawings! Keep doing what you enjoy.

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  18. Hi Pat
    I really like your sketchbook journal... I have one particular sketchbook I use just for ideas and thoughts... Really comes in handy as when I have an idea, be it for a painting or sculpture, if I do not jot it down, I forget..
    Thank you for your visit. So happy you enjoyed Bebe.
    fondly,
    Penny

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  19. I love looking inside peoples sketchbooks more than anything else because I think it tells us a lot more about what goes on inside the Artists head than a finished painting ever would. They are lovely and unfussy as a sketch should be :0)

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  20. hello Pat, your subjects are imediately and natural as the eyes looks (I don't know if it is right)
    and it is a nice idea ...
    Good 2012, ciao, a presto, Floriana

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  21. what a coincidence that is, Frank! Groovy :) xx

    thanks, Linda xx

    Thank you Penny, glad you enjoyed your visit xx

    hahaha and that is me in real life too, Sandra, lovely and unfussy :) xx

    Thank you, Floriana, so glad you liked the post xx

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  22. Beautiful pictures! I love the one of Missy... you are so talented! Keep the works of art coming :)

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