August 19, 2013

My One-Week Drawing Challenge

I love to draw. It's my most favourite thing to do in the world--in fact, it's my most favourite thing to do all around the world!

Tuesday, 1 of 7:
Contrast between tiny transparent leaves incasing black Basil seeds

Traveling has given me opportunities to find (what I think are) unique details. My travel sketchbooks are filled with landscapes and portraits, textures and patterns, colours and shadows, nature and architecture. Everything looks different everywhere... but you don't have to travel far to find them.

Wednesday, 2 of 7:
Texture inside a new Peace Lily flower

Thursday, 3 of 7:
Pattern inside a Mosaic Plant leaf
When time is limited, I'll take a photo but sometimes I'm drawn to draw. It feels like a necessity, to record particular details that would translate well into a line (vs. an image).

Friday, 4 of 7:
Organic forms in a hanging Cactus

Drawing makes me feel good, similar to meditating. Perhaps it's from concentrating so closely on just one object. Or enjoying the process of gradually piecing each shape together into a whole composition. Maybe it's the satisfying sense of accomplishment upon completion...

Saturday, 5 of 7:
Cross-hatched shading in an Ivy Vine

That is the moment, when this joyous feeling erupts into a surge of energy (which usually ends up with me dancing around my living room!) So... if it makes me feel that good, why am I not drawing more often?!

Sunday, 6 of 7:
Pattern from segments of a Cactus

I decided it was time for a new week's resolution. And without having to travel far at all, house plants became the theme for my Tuesday-to-Monday Sketch-a-Day Challenge.

Monday, 7 of 7:
Details eliminated into pure silhouettes of a Butterfly Plant

I'm so happy, I may have to do it again!

What is it that makes you so excited that you just want to dance?!

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