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…

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…

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…

Spitting Toxotes

Every morning I receive news from a web-site called forskning.no, a site passing on research news from all kinds of areas. The other day I learned that there is a fish that seems to be able to recognize fases, even if it – as usually go for fish – lacks neocortex. I had never before heard…

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,…