Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Some recent sketching

Jim - Graphite, Ink and Watercolor

February 26, 2015

This is some recent work from the past several weeks. I practice every day and try to devote as much time to the craft of creation as I can. Not everything I do is great or even adequate, but all of it helps to improve my understanding. Sometimes those improvements are conscious and sometimes they aren't.

I see things happening in my work which tends to be equal to the effort I put into it. It helps to have a love and a passion for the craftsmanship of drawing, painting and sketching. I really enjoy working and when I'm creating art it never feels like work.

One of the greatest joys of my life right now is seeing my son Ethan becoming a talented Artist. He's only nine years old, but he's already demonstrating a love for drawing. I see the magic in his eyes when he creates a universe with a simple piece of paper and pencil. His happiness and imagination are in perfect harmony.

Portrait Sketch Out with Metro Sketchers
I never push him too hard, instead I encourage him to be joyful and to feel happy with his work. I think that's the right approach for now. He'll have plenty of time to critique his own work and look for his own path to improvement. For now, it's good enough to be joyful. He'll remember that joy the rest of his life and no matter where he goes or what he does he'll carry that with him.

The final days of winter are gripping the northland as it struggles against the high sun and the approaching warmer air. It makes my thoughts turn to getting out doors to paint and sketch. Just a few more weeks and it should be tolerable out there (at least that's what I keep telling myself).
The Old Barn

Another Jim

James Holdman Playing


Figure Drawing

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