Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Leave Your Indelible Mark

September 14, 2017

"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser." - John W. Gardner


Fortunately for the Artist, you can use an eraser to fix your drawings. I know what John W. Gardner meant though. He was saying that you can't really undo your mistakes in life, at least not very easily. Each line you draw in life is what it is. You leave an indelible mark, good, bad or indifferent.

These days I concentrate on making whatever small improvements I can to my work. Sometimes I start a drawing completely over again. It's almost always better the second time around.

The other day I found myself waiting for a meeting to start at work. All I had with me was my graph paper notebook and a mechanical pencil. So I made the best of it and just started sketching. I enjoyed it, because it reminded me of being a kid, when I would just use anything around to draw. Do you ever just pick up a piece of paper and start drawing?

These are few of my recent sketches.

These are from the Minnesota State Fair.



















22 comments:

  1. Hi Marty, is this where I leave a comment to get a tin of postcards? I hope so

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    1. Hi Annabelle - Please email me your address. owings1064 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  2. Already follow you... so leaving a comment... hoping to snag a tin of postcards... but I'm surprised this post is so old????

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    1. Hi Elaine - Please email me your address. owings1064 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  3. Love the sketches Marty and your Hanemühle review.

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    1. Can you provide your name here?

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  4. Marty, I love your you tube channel!! You have taught me so much and I really appreciate your review that I saw this morning about the paper! I have seen this brand and wondered about it! So learning was really helpful. I learned all about Legion paper from you too! Wow you really put that stuff thru it's paces!! Just know you are appreciated!! Cindy in Huntsville, AL (Thanks for fixing this on the blog!!)

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    1. Hi Cindy - Thank you so much for the kind comments. You were close to being a winner. If any of the others don't respond, I'll contact you here for details. I appreciate your support and encouragement.

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  5. hi Marty, clicked the follow button, hope i am one of the three :)

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    1. Hi Lisa - Thanks for commenting. You didn't make the first 3, but I appreciate your response and you should stay-tuned to my YouTube channel for more giveaways. Have a great day! ~Marty

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  6. Hi Marty!!! I watched until the end because I really like you, just so you know! Hug from Brazil!

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    1. Hi Milena - Ahhh, thank you so much and I really appreciate it. You didn't make the first 3, but I appreciate your response and you should stay-tuned to my YouTube channel for more giveaways. Have a great day! ~Marty

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  7. I already follow you, Marty, and would love to try out a tin of postcards. Your review was really educational as I didn't know much about sizing and what exactly that meant. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Lori - Thanks for all of your support. You didn't make the first 3, but you should stay-tuned to my YouTube channel for more giveaways. Have a great day! ~Marty

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  8. Carol Robinson5:55 PM

    I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I can't find the subscribe button. If by some rare chance you haven't got 3 winners yet, I'd love to be in the running. Please let me know how I can subscribe too.

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    1. Hi Carol - Are you using a phone or mobile device? You have to go to the website using a computer I think. You didn't make the first 3, but I appreciate your response and you should stay-tuned to my YouTube channel for more giveaways. Have a great day! ~Marty

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  9. Missed out on being one of the three. But just wanted to thank you for your reviews, they have been extremely helpful. Cheers, Michelle

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    1. Hi Michelle - I really appreciate the support. Hi Roxy - Thanks for commenting. Hope you should stay-tuned to my YouTube channel for more giveaways. Have a great day! ~Marty

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  11. does being #10 count? if so, dhbigelow@gmail.com

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  12. Hi David - Sorry you didn't make the cut, but please keep an eye on the YouTube channel for more giveaways in the future. All the best - Marty

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  13. Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper And Sketchbooks. Hi Owings I have been writing on your you tube channel and you have been kind enough to respond. First time visitor to your website and stuck around to the end to see your review of H Paper. I don't think I made the cut but ce la vie and want to say thanks and enjoy your videos and hope to see mpre of your artwork

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