My word for 2013 was practice. I chose this word because I felt that I needed to incorporate more practice into my life. By this, I think I meant more focused intentional activities. I am by nature I’ve realised in the last few years, a dreamer. I prefer thinking about things rather than actually doing things. I suppose if I was totally honest I would have to admit that I’m a bit lazy.
For me practice also means doing something, without the expectation of getting it perfect, rather it is about introducing things into your life that make it richer, that give it more structure without being prescriptive.
One of the things I wanted to practice was drawing. I believe that if one is dedicated to this practice that a certain amount of skill can be built up. I’ve often heard people say that they can’t draw – I’m one of those people, but like any skill I think it takes practice to develop.
Armed with several good books on drawing, loaned on a non-return basis from my husband’s bookshop I’ve finally begun the practice of drawing. I’ve decided that I need to set aside at least three evenings during the week, where I draw for about an hour. It’s not too hard to do, as this time normally would have been spent either in front of the ‘idiot box’ or pinning yet another picture that I properly will never look at again.
I like to play with the characoal pencils to experiment with shading - you can smudge it with your fingers and rub out to create highlights
perhaps a new painting somewhere in these drawings?
learning about shading
This book is an excellent book - a must have for any
beginner I think