January 21, 2012 - Here are some drawings from my sketchbook. I'm not editing the drawings here, just posting whatever's in the book, for amusement, enjoyment or perhaps both. I try to draw and paint as often as I can because it's the only way to get better. There is really no magic formula or shortcut to being a better artist. It takes relentless practice.
For me that means drawing and painting whenever I have any spare time. Life in 21st century America is complicated, busy and distracting. I work full-time, go to school at night and spend the rest of my time being married and raising a family. When the demands of life begin to overwhelm me, I remember that I'm not alone and that many, many people have to deal with much more adversity than I do. I am thankful for the blessings I've been given and I try never to forget that. That's why I try to draw and paint when I can.
It's a blessing to be able to create art, no matter how much or how little value others give your work. I was taught by my mother to use my talents, whatever they may be, to create and to try everyday to get better at whatever it is I do.