Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Recent Drawings

Springtime - Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils

Canadian Waters HQ - Graphite & Ink March 18, 2014
March 18, 2014

These are a few of the drawings I've completed lately. These are all done in Bee Paper - Super Deluxe 9 X 6 Sketchbook which is 93 lb/150 gsm Acid Free paper, good for pencil, ink, wet or dry mediums.

I usually set aside a few hours every weekend to just sketch, draw and paint. If you make art a priority in your life, like anything else, you will find you actually have time to do it. In my case I borrow time from things that weren't adding as much value to my life, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and so on.

Although I enjoy spending time on the computer, I don't find it nearly as enriching or satisfying as practicing a craft. Art is rewarding on many levels because it helps you leverage your creative side.

My day job in software development is actually improved because of the time I devote to creative pursuits. I tend to see things in a different light and can more easily move outside the box or approach a problem in a unique way because art has transformed my thinking in profound ways.
Canadian Waters - Graphite Pencil & Ink

Barn Roof - Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencil
While art may be a more solitary pursuit I find that getting better at it, reaching beyond a barrier, requires collaboration or learning from others. This has taught me to actively listen and to be more patient with the learning process.

Art informs many of the ordinary things I do and I can see extraordinary things. It changes the way I look at color, composition, perspectives, angles, trees, clouds, people. Everywhere I look I can find beauty, even in the an abandoned building or lonely road and especially in people.

Westboro Fred Phelps - Graphite Pencil

Bird Singing - Faber Castell Polychromos

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