After 48-hours of travel, I was happy to reach my friends’ home, sleep until 9 (!) and awaken to enjoy an unhurried visit with them. As we walked part of their property, several woodland scenes held my attention; these trees would make great subjects for pencil studies!
A plan incubated! If my friends joined me in a timeout for art, we would first draw a simple study of a sand dollar. If that went well, I hoped they would work from life later in the week and draw a tree!
Inviting my friends to join me for a timeout for art, we warmed up with shading exercises then focused on drawing sand dollars. A quiet mellow mood presided over the table, and my attentive students kept an eye on the subject while their peripheral vision watched the pencil. We were aware of each other, the background music, the light and shadow, yet we also noted subtle nuances in the sand dollars.
(We found one 2B pencil, one 6B, one normal, and an assortment of colored pencils!)
They did well, and I think they’re ready to tackle one of those trees!
I am very proud of their focus and their work!
We definitely kept one foot in the meditative world while being silently connected to each other and our surroundings!