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Don’t Putter Around Wasting Your Time—Draw a Dog

May 31, 2012

120505DogLeft: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch on blue laid paper in that journal I got from England. The full page is almost 12 inches square and this was cropped in scanning—because it just doesn't fit on my scanner!

Yes I was up at 12:37 a.m. sketching. Sometimes I eat chocolate cake late in the evening and can't sleep. If that happens I get up and sketch dogs from photos I have from the dog park.

Eventually the caffeine effects of the chocolate (and the sugar, I suppose there's that too but I've always been more immune to that) wear off and it's off to bed I go.

Often I just know that I won't be able to sleep until I sketch something.

If you feel any similar inclination then sketch something. Don't putter around tidying up the place, or ironing your clothing for the rest of the week, or alphabetizing your books by author or subject matter…

Don't avoid what it is you really want to be doing when it comes to sketching. Just sketch. Worry about the bookshelves another day.

When you have a creative impulse, nurture it. Your mind will realize you're seriously wanting more of them and pile them on.

You may have some really creative thoughts while you vacuum the rug, but that won't get you to sketching. Only sketching gets you to more sketching.

  1. Reply

    Thanks Patricia, my friend Tom sent me info on this app early this week and I admit it’s intriguing, but it doesn’t look like it’s available for an iPhone and I know I really don’t have a need for both. I want less digital stuff in my life. I suppose you need more screen space and that’s why it’s not on the iPhone. We’ll see. I’m not shopping for either until later this year so maybe they’ll have an app for the iPhone then! Thanks for thinking of me and my fascination with ukes!

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    Patricia, I read the entire article after looking at the video. The iPhone app is evidently coming!!! So it looks like I’ll be able to get one!!!

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    My husband walks into my office.
    H: What are you doing?
    Me: Drawing a dog.
    H: Why?
    Me: Roz said to.
    H: Oh.
    Me: What do you think?
    H: It looks like Jar Jar Binks.
    Me: Get out of my room.

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    Adrianne. This is very funny. I’m sure it didn’t look like Jar Jar Binks. But maybe your dog looks like JJB? Draw 10 more. And don’t show any of them to your husband, for now. Roz says so.

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