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Planning for New Art Pieces

Scribble

Freedom…

It is always the drawings that I do on scrap paper with an everyday pencil that seem to produce the result I am looking for.  There is a certain freedom that comes from knowing that this is not the final piece.  For this reason I do a lot of my planning on tracing paper.  I know I can be hard on the paper and still erase without breaking down the tooth of the surface.  The funny thing is, however, that because I am more relaxed I erase less; the lines tend to flow uninhibited. Tracing paper also enables me to see proportions and layout before I have committed them to art paper.

As I sat down this morning to plan images for a watercolor or water soluble graphite (I haven’t decided yet), I quickly came up with this simple sketch.  I wanted something uncomplicated and loose that I could try finish with a couple different mediums to see which result I like best.

For those that have been asking why I have not blogged anything for a while I will try be more diligent in blogging as I play.  Thank you for keeping me accountable, it is good to know there are people out there that miss seeing the artwork.

Always take time to create.

 

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Courage – Remembrance Day

“The secret to happiness is freedom…and the secret to freedom is courage.”

-Thucydides

Courage 17×12

I could not do what they do or sacrifice what they sacrifice.  I do not have the courage.  Thank you to all who fight or have fought for my freedom.

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”

-Mark Twain

I posted this piece last year and have been asked to re post it, so here it is.  The original will also be for sale in my on-line store in the next couple days.