I drew all the time for fun as a child, at home, at school, mostly animals. In second grade I was obsessed with horses and drew them constantly. Somewhere along the way I lost that. Not enough time as an adult, or maybe it just didn't seem like it served a purpose so I dropped it. Recently I've been inspired looking at the urban sketching website to get back to an old love. The nice bound sketchbooks that can be kept and serve as a personal record of my life sort of give the endeavor a sense of the purpose I seem to long for. I'm using a large watercolor sketchbook as a place to record thoughts and events and to just play at the end of the day. I feel joy in sweeping a brush across the page, just for fun. Really it's doodling with paint. What could be more fun than that?
I draw or paint things that have significance for me and probably nobody else outside my family. Like my new paintbrush. I like using an enormous fuzzy mural brush that I bought about ten years ago. Recently the bristles have come loose so I decided it was time to get a new one.
I have always been interested in houses. I want to use drawing as a way to look closer. I was given A Field Guide to American Houses for my birthday and am working on learning to recognize the different styles and what time period they were built in. I'm also exploring a variety of mediums to sketch in. The brushes were done with a micron pen and a little watercolor. This house was painted with two Pentel brush pens that I loaded with ink in two different strengths. I love the beauty of ink brushwork. I've taken one lesson so far with a friend who is a master of Asian watercolor, Hsi Mei Yates. I admire the economy of brush stroke and graceful line that is possible. I have a lot to learn!
And I still love sketching animals! Ballpoint pen in a cheap notebook