Today's to-do list, though, includes writing a short post here on this blog; it also includes getting my pastels/charcoal and the big newsprint pad out and operational again -- so this post is a Two Birds, One Stone proposition (that's such an unattractive analogy these days, isn't it?! Anyone suggest an equally pithy alternative?)
I had an individual sketching lesson recently, and my very encouraging teacher suggested I might try these materials as a way of loosening up and of playing with scale. At least in my hands, the possibility for precision is limited by the broader, blunter surfaces of the drawing tools, but the low price of the newsprint means I have fewer concerns about "waste," about "getting it right."
Above, a quick sketch of a favourite vase filled with the generous fall bouquet of grasses and foliage brought by a sweet dinner guest Saturday night (if you're interested in our dinner menu, see my journal sketch here). As you can see from the photograph below, the sketch is an interpretation rather than an attempt at a realistic representation. . . .
I'm working on a few ideas for the blog as I sort out the directions that interest me most and that I hope will engage you as well. A reader sent me an intriguing suggestion, and once I've thought through some of its implications and considered the front-end workload, I'll be asking you for some feedback. Curious? Check back here to watch this unfold over the next week or two.
Meanwhile, as always, Comments open for your feedback and participation. . . .