The third book on my reading list, The Practice and Science of Drawing, has been collecting dust. It keeps putting me to sleep. I should just skip to the next book on the list, Oil Painting Techniques and Materials, and come back to Drawing at another time.
I have been working in my sketchbook. The goal is to do something every day although that doesn’t seem to happen. No matter how much I say I will get out the sketchbook, I find myself answering email or working on whatever is on the design wall. What does work for me is to leave the house/studio and sketch somewhere else.
I was able to hook up with a sketching group at the National Western Stock Show in January, and we recently got together at the Denver Botanic Gardens. It is a little intimidating for me to sketch/paint in public, but I am getting more comfortable. I even shared my sketchbook with my BLT group.
I’ve also signed up for a couple of Craftsy online classes. I haven’t watched either video all the way through yet, but I’ve been happy with the content so far. We are to bring a painting of an apple to the first session of the collage class with, Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson, in September. The first class I signed up for with Craftsy is on painting with acrylic. I did pick up the materials I need to start work on my apple, but I keep eating the apple.
If only there were more hours in the day, I could sketch, paint, work in the studio, and still have time to do my volunteer work, cook, and clean. Oh, and I better not forget walking and tripping over Drew.