Opportunities abound for us to draw.
We look out the window and draw what we see. Or, we look up at the cafe and draw the couple seated across from us. Rendering something we see calls us to pay attention. There is a forgetting that comes when we move out of our own way; when we don’t listen to the voice that says I can’t or what I’m doing doesn’t count.
Find what calls to you.
I used to hear that voice when I’d try to draw from an image that wasn’t mine. But, awhile back I picked up Carla Sonheim’s book, Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series),
and was released. She gave me permission. “Just draw. Have fun. Experiment. Enjoy the journey.” I heard her say these words to me as I turned pages and drew kitties.
We have much to learn from each other. When we put pen to paper, brush to canvas or render digitally, we begin to feel our way into something new. We also learn about ourselves.
Embrace kindred spirits and learn from them.
The other day idunamar favorited a picture from my art journal. I don’t know who she is; I’ve never met her, but I thank her. I went looking at her page. Here I found shakti, goddess energy. I was fascinated by a similarity of interests, even style. And, intrigued by difference, I took up my (purple) pen and began to draw in my art journal. This morning I returned to that page looking for somewhere to spread excess paint and gesso. From there, I found new direction.