Left: First pepper sketch in a quick 3-part series done one morning in December while I was recovering from the flu. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen in an 8 x 10 inch Hand•Book. A quick 3-minute gesture sketch of the pepper I was going to cook for my breakfast.
My first New Year’s Day while writing this blog came a day early December 31, 2008. I wrote, in my post for that day, about my New Year’s Day Ritual.
Left: Second pepper in my series made about 12 minutes later (I had to attend to something after the first sketch). I turned the pepper to a different angle and went in for a different view and composition, letting it bleed off the page at the bottom. I also can see that I was having more fun, despite the coughing which caused me to pause my pen more than usual, playing with my line. This is also a 3-minute or less sketch.
I actually believe that you can start and set your intention on ANY DAY, but since I live in a culture that emphasizes the start of the new year…
So whatever day you read this consider yourself encouraged, exhorted, cajoled—whatever tone you need—to get busy making sketching a part of your life. Even if you aren’t well, as I wasn’t the day I drew these three peppers, you can find a couple minutes between activities (even if that activity is rest) to put in a bit of effort towards your art goals.
Left: Final sketch in my “pepper” series. I made this immediately following the second sketch. It also took less than three minutes, and I can see my line is playful and comfortable. I know how freely my hand moved as I made these shapes. I remember the sound the brush tip of my pen made as I moved it across the page and made these marks. I remember that fun every time I look at these sketches.
My goal on this particular morning was to get something in my journal inspite of the body jerking cough that had been plaguing me incessantly for days. I wanted to feel the brush pen move across the paper, even if I had to hold my breath for several seconds at a time so I wouldn’t cough. I wanted to see that stark black ink across the creamy page.
I know that capturing what’s around me on paper cheers me no end. It isn’t about creating a great piece of art for which I have to be in tip-top condition or skill level. It’s simply about having fun with my brush pen, my eye, my hand, my brain.
Consider how you spend your time and start looking for ways to get some art fun into your life. Use this blog’s search engine to look for other NYD Messages. Or search for my posts on “fun factor” and find out all the ways I enjoy meeting the journal page. (My Gouache Compendium has lots of links in this vein because frankly I find gouache just about the most fun art supply I have, next to the Brush Pen, which you can also search for posts here.)
But best yet, go sketch a small series of something that catches your eye, your interest, or your love.
Do that right now and start your own sketching New Year’s Day Ritual.