Stone Soup for Five: Sktechbook #1

Sktechbook #1

I LOVE looking at artist's sketchbooks. They are FULL of beauty, interesting details, and the artist's life and views of the world. 





 I've never really kept an official sketchbook myself, but when we started homeschooling this year, I wanted to teach the boys about God's creation through Nature Study, so we all bought sketchbooks we liked and away we went. As I sketched my way through mushroom studies, leaves, pumpkins, spider webs, I was hooked.








 I started sketching other things, MY nature... dirty plates left on the table, shoes kicked off and forgotten until we have to leave in a panic, breakfast, and our cat's many positions on top of her TV perch. 



 As I was sketching more, I found myself searching for other artist's sketchbooks online. 



I checked out sketch journals from the library, found artists that I admire such as Charles Schulz, Danny Gregory, and many others.  I was so inspired by the other sketchbook/journalists and continued to grow in my passion for sketching.


Then, after days of wondering if I should, I shared my first few pages on my Facebook page.  I didn't want to share to boost my ego, or show others what I could do, but rather to inspire and encourage others to do it too.





I can't even begin to tell you how many details I miss as I go through life.  

My Thankful Journal has definitely helped me slow down and give thanks, but by adding to that with a sketch journal has increased my awareness even more.  

I notice little bits of beauty everywhere now and try to capture them in my sketchbook.




  It FORCES me to slow down and trace the outline in every detail of the drippy hanging moss from a branch with my eye, studying every individual frond, every glistening, fat drop of water, how the sun highlights and shadows.







It's been truly eye-opening.



So in the interest of hopefully encouraging others to grab a cheap (not too expensive or fancy or you won't want to use it!) notebook, sketchbook, composition notebook, or journal and start drawing what you see, I'm going to start sharing here, on my blog too.


You don't have to be an artist, just a person with a passion to slow down and enjoy the beauty of a plate of half finished pizza, or legos scattered on the floor, or a beautiful fall sunset.

And you HAVE time.  While dinner is cooking, sketch the wooden spoon.  While watching TV, sketch the chair across the room.  While waiting to pick up your kids, sketch the dashboard or the world outside the windows.

It is so counter cultural to slow down and REALLY see. 

Week #1
 (not my first week of sketching, but my first of sharing on this blog)

This week's sketches were all done in pen.  No pencil first.  This forced me to be less of a perfectionist, move faster, and capture more without being fiddly or fussy.  It was really fun to let the mistakes stand and keep going.

 Dip made for a friend's party
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 Our firewood, which this week included a rather large yellow jacket that woke from winter slumber to scare us all out of our skin buzzing around the living room.  Not awesome.
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 Pizza night on Friday.  Princess Bride, sketching, and a book from Danny Gregory by the fire.
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 First assignments from Danny Gregory's book The Creative License.  
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 Visit to the Portland Audubon Society.  Julio the owl was rude with her back to us most of the time, but managed to turn around as we were leaving so I could quickly sketch her in the dusk. 

  Ruby, the turkey vulture always looked hunched over, and because I was sketching instead of merely looking, I noticed how weird it was that I could see through her nostrils on the beak.  Weirdly gross but fascinating.
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 I might add watercolor to this eventually.  Bright green moss lined the branch that had two brown fall leaves skewered on it.  This took about 5-10 min standing on the trail, fingers almost numb from cold, in the fast approaching darkness.
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 Tried to capture the river from the bridge.  Need to figure out how to sketch fast moving water.  This is kind of a wreck of a sketch, except that I was able to practice showing planes of the rocks with different cross hatches.
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Hiking with boys. 
 Of COURSE, they want to go to the restricted areas.
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Sitting with elevated leg last night, by the crackling fire, sketching my ace bandage wrapped foot from my fall during my run yesterday.  Painful sprain, skinned knee, and scraped palms.  Nice.

1 comment:

  1. love your sketches! my kids and I have recently started a drawing/art class at our local library, and our teacher encourages us to take a sketchbook (or at the very least paper and pencil) everywhere. I also struggle with feeling like I don't have enough time to fit it in. but it is worth it!

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