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P1760273 PENCIL

“Draw on both sides of the line, not just what you’re enclosing.  The shape you’re making on the outside is as important as the one you’re making on the inside.”  (Leon Polk Smith)

From Quito Ecuador –

Tonight I’m taking a timeout from art for a timeout for art!  A full day of painting leaves me tired, yet when I switch to pencil, I quickly float away in a meditative trance!  It’s as if I am asleep with my eyes wide open!  I could draw all night!

ALASTAIR PENCIL lisa

Rough sketch of center area

This pencil study is in Alastair’s behalf;  last month he tackled a complex design, which challenged me to break part of it down in an analytical method.

I sharpened three or four pencils and shaded the negative space with a light touch.

I sharpened three or four pencils and shaded the negative space with a light touch.

What started as a stiff drawing quickly became an easy design that required attention to detail and patience.  I admire Alastair for attempting this drawing, even if he trashed some of his attempts! We learn a lot about our subject matter – and about ourselves – when we draw or paint the same thing more than once.

The longer I worked, the more nuances I spotted.  I switched pencils whenever the point grew dull.

The longer I worked, the more nuances I spotted. I switched pencils often and kept the points sharp.

I rarely use an eraser;  Shading lightly, I was able to make the lines disappear. Presto!

I rarely use an eraser. Shading lightly, I was able to make most of the lines in the image disappear.
Presto!

When drawing, remember that the negative space is as important as the subject matter.   Drawing helps us to see what’s really there!

Last week when traveling, I finished the drawing of the snowy egrets.

Last week when traveling, I finished the drawing of the snowy egrets.

Thanks to all of you who contribute art/drawings each week!   I will be away from home for another week to ten days, but look forward to when I can showcase everyone’s drawings from the past few weeks.  I’ll trade my pencil for my paintbrush in the morning and resume work on my friends’ patio.

The sunflower painting will brighten the utility room.

The sunflower painting will brighten the utility room.

Break out your pencil and paper today and lose yourself in a drawing!  Have fun; I look forward to seeing your work!

Lisa/Z

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