Back in the Game

I haven’t sketched outside in weeks. First I was sick, then tired and recovering, then making up for lost time getting our house ready for winter. Suddenly, daylight savings time took my evenings and November’s sunshine grew thin. So, despite yesterday’s chill and plenty of weekend chores, I headed out with sketchbook in hand and a vow not to return until I had something on paper. Here you go…a simple sketch that puts me back in the game. 

Tips and Techniques- Getting out of a sketching habit is like getting out of an exercise habit. The longer you stay away, the harder it is to get back in. When that happens, whatever the reason, it’s best to bite the bullet and begin again. Though these beech leaves are simple, it was the act of being outside and putting pen to paper that I needed most. If that should happen to you, pick something, anything, and put a line down. Soon, there will be something good in front of you.

24 Comments on “Back in the Game

  1. Lovely, lovely painting!

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  2. Amen, sister.
    Getting ready for a week on the Oregon Coast with sons & their families. Lots of preparation, but my sketching supplies got packed first!
    And a very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  3. So sorry to learn you were sick, but thankful you are feeling better, and painting like you never stopped — a simple subject done beautifully! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  4. I am also glad you are feeling better, I really enjoy seeing your lovely work.

  5. Glad you are recovered. I picked up a beech leaf today on a hike with a goal of doing a rubbing and a watercolor. Thanks for your insights.

    Best,

    Claudia

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  6. Thanks for the “just do it’ advice. Sometimes we over-think getting started!
    Glad you’re feeling well, & out drawing. That’s good medicine too!

    • I’ve been one to overthink getting going, or to heap on pressure to make a come back with something extraordinary, or to simply prioritize other things. I’ve got to keep all those things in check!

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