Sketchbook Skool is over. I’m sad.

Pen & Ink, Watercolor

The six weeks are up and my sketchbook is completely filled. I’ve never filled a sketchbook before and consider this a very satisfying accomplishment. This class was more fun than any art class I’ve taken in person and I’m pretty bummed I have to wait until October to start the next one. October?! Gah.

I got to the last page in my sketchbook- the very last- the page with the actual back cover. I wanted to try my hand at actually composing a sketchbook page with some thought, rather than my normal diving right in there with absolutely no plan. I decided to make 6 mini-drawings representing each of the lessons and try my best to make them look like they belong together. Unfortunately, the back cover makes the size of the page too large to fit in my always disappointing scanner, making it blurry. So, this is an also-but less-blurry, photo.

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Everybody, just go out there and sign up for the next Sketchbook Skool right now. I did.

Ok, well, not really because you can’t yet, but I will.

My 3-year-old saw the selfie and said, “Mom, is that you??” I proudly said, “Yes!” And then he said, “It doesn’t look like you.”

Huuuuhhh. To which I replied, “Well, it looked enough like me that you knew it was me, so there. And what do you know? You’re a kid.”


Sketchbook Skool #3

Pen & Ink, Watercolor

This lesson was taught by Brenda Swenson. She’s a wonderful watercolorist and a well-known teacher. She does workshops to Italy!! I want to go to there. Her lesson included continual line drawings. Do not lift your pen! Watch the subject and draw what you see.

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So, my first go round, I learned that paying attention is quite necessary here.

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Next try was a bit better.

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I was getting bored with tea things, and then I remembered how happy it makes me to draw tools. They’re out of sight, being in the garage. I forget about them…

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If you are ever at a loss for something interesting to draw, go sit on the floor of your garage. If there is space for your butt, you will find something draw-worthy. If not, I bet that big ass mess would be more fun to draw than pick up.