why warm up when drawing?

To my fellow sketchers, here is a brilliant blog-post on getting ready to sketch (or draw, if that is what you prefer to call your actions), written by Roz Stendahl at Roz Wound Up Why Warm Up When Drawing? a short excerpt: I do warm up sketches in my journals because I want to connect my…

a more or less continuous line

a jar and a bunch of twigs in a more or less continuous line As you might notice my pen suddenly ran out of ink – and thus the pen decided THE END on its own. I have not used this fountain pen (a Platinum PTL-5000 14k Gold Nib + Carbon black permanent pigment ink)…

things I do for love

I am testing my  watercolours; types and shades I have already told you (several times – yes, I know!), that I haven’t been drawing for almost 30 years – AND regarding watercolours: I am a novice. So there is much – VERY MUCH – for me to investigate. Today I have been especially interested in…

Devotion

Being an atheist, I suspect this is as close to God I’ll ever come:

knowing my materials

An essential part of sketching, especially if you — like to/have to/ want to — draw fast, is to know your tools well. You have to experiment to find out how the different kinds of pens, pencils and watercolor equipment in your kit works, what kind of line quality different pens will give you, color…

what’s the point of keeping a sketchbook?

Rediscovering sketching has been, and still is, such a joy!  I have always kept written journals, notebooks filled with a mix of my own thoughts, reflections & ideas, and quotes & phrases from books and things of interest. I have always had an urge for writing, but I very rarely re-read my own writing. I…

Sunday poem on a Tuesday

Lying in a Hammock at a Friend’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota   Over my head, I see the bronze butterfly, Asleep on the black trunk, Blowing like a leaf in green shadow. Down the ravine behind Duffy’s empty house, The cowbells follow one another Into the distances of the afternoon. To my right, In…

things i do for love

what you see … is what you get I am doing a mini project: Every day I make a drawing using no more than 3 minutes (using a timer …), without lifting my pen from the paper. In this sketch, day 38, it seems I’m trying to get in touch with the soul of flower,…