Practice Makes Doodle

We are truly into some major spring-like weather here in the Hawkeye State.  Almost all our snow is gone and folks are running around in shorts and tee-shirts in temps that will require heavier coats when they come back in October.  Some are calling this “fool’s spring” but you know what, I prefer to think of it as a glimmer of hope for the coming spring.

Started a new practice this week.  We’ll see if I’m good enough at adulting to keep up with it.  I’ve gotten a sketch book and pen/pencil pouch and placed them strategically in the living room.  Every night I’m going to try to draw something…anything, even doodling.  As long as I’m holding a pen or pencil and putting marks on paper it counts.  At this point it’s really more about eye hand coordination and discipline.  We’re not talking finished bits of art here, though that’s acceptable too if it happens.

The first three days were doodling with brush pens.  Brush pens are pretty much what they sound like.  They are pens that have brushes (or brush-like) ends instead of felt or ball-points.  They are very popular in illustration.  I bought these a few months ago and tried them a bit and found them to be really weirder than I expected to use.  The effects are pretty cool, but there is certainly a learning curve to controlling them.  I hadn’t tried them much since then.  So, this week, they were doodled with, and then doodled some more.  I’m starting to get used to them and really starting to like them.  I’m excited to see where this leads.

On a side note, as of today we are two weeks away from the registration deadline for the Jester Park Plein Air Watercolor class.  I was told this morning that the class is half full (or half empty, if you’re of that sort).  So if you’re interested, you might want to get registered.  The registration information is on the calendar on the Jester Park Nature Center’s website.

As always, keep doing what you love.  Drop me a word or two if you feel it.  See ya’ next week.

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