Pushing Yourself when Sketching

September 15, 2011

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110805SarahsOffice Left: Sketch of a waiting room in a 7 x 7 inch approx. journal, with a Faber-Castel Pitt Artist's Calligraphy Pen. (Sketch stops at the spine where a block of color—rubberstamp ink—creates a barrier to and background for, the items pasted in on the next page [not shown for privacy].)

If you read my blog for any length of time you know two things about me—well you probably know a lot more than that but you know at least…, wait, three things—I love sketching birds, wherever I find them; I love sketching dogs, wherever I find them; and I like to push myself.

Pushing myself means doing a whole scene instead of capturing my mood in the eye of a bird!

So on this day, while in a waiting room, I pushed myself to sketch the whole scene. (There were actually people at my side, but none in front of me otherwise I would have pushed to include them as well.) I even fiddled with the view of the brick entry arches out the window (to the left).

Of course you and I both know that if I'd spotted a pigeon outside that window…but we also both know that's no reason not to push until you see the pigeon.

    • Holly Waldrop
    • September 15, 2011

    Oh my gosh – the quote for the week:

    “…No reason not to push until you see the pigeon.”

    I adore this! And it applies to so many things. Thanks, Roz, as always – for making things so simple for me.

  1. Reply

    Holly and Miss T, I’m glad you both enjoyed my advice, I hope you get many sketches done, including some of pigeons, as the day progresses!

  2. Reply

    great post… I am like you except it is teacups that does it for me!!!!

  3. Reply

    Liz, teacups are wonderful and come in almost as many variations as pigeons. And you can sketch them indoors—always a plus in Minnesota. I’ll have to start looking at more teacups!

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