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This is today’s lunchbreak practice. Neither study looks remotely like the original, neither is looking in the right direction. It’s important to remind myself, when I do these studies, that I’m not aiming to produce anything perfect or gallery worthy. In fact, I usually scribble a bit on the back of the paper to loosen up some before I practice. Thought this might encourage some of you out there who, like me, struggle with the fear of blank paper, and think that unless you produce a masterpiece, there’s no point in drawing at all. Join me in a long exhale…. relax.

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Art

September 7, 2011

Getting Away

September 6, 2011

Sometimes I have to get away from my desk, just for a minute. The best way for me to destress while I take my fifteen minute break is with the sketchbook. The finished product is always rough, because have so little time to get the feeling of my subject. The goal is not to have an amazing drawing, but for the process itself to take me out of my workday for a minute. Here is today’s.

Self Portrait

July 5, 2011

Forgot my sketchbook this morning, so I’m taking advantage of a promo notebook from the printer and a cheap ballpoint. Nothing special, just some doodles to let everyone know I’m still alive and sketching!

I use twitter to keep up with the art world. I follow things like the International Arts Movement, random book artists, and Etsy folk that I love. On my fifteen minute breaks I scroll through the tweets and pick a few links to articles, video, etc. that looks interesting. This is how I discovered a love for George Roualt that I might have never felt. This is how today I came to understand why I keep hearing the name Chihuly. Have you seen some of the pictures and videos coming out for his exhibition “Through the Looking Glass”?

It’s also how I stumbled on Makoto Fujimura a couple of months ago. If you desire to integrate faith and art, or even to hold the two in balance, you need to see this video.

Makoto Fujimura – The Art of “The Four Holy Gospels” from Crossway on Vimeo.