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…

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…

A Life In Hand

A blog is for many of us a kind of verbal & visual journal. I also like to journal on paper. A traditional journal does obviously allow for more privacy, but the main reason I journal is that it gives me the opportunity to make things with my own hands; text, drawings, photos, collages etc….

The Art of Seeing

I am an art critic, which means I spend a lot of time looking — Breidablikk, Stavanger — seeing, watching, gazing, staring, squinting ….; trying to take in what’s really there, in front of my eyes. 30 years ago I went to study architecture for a few years. I drew a lot at this time,…