Last year I enjoyed some leisure activities because of my intention word PLAY. It released me from doing everything with a purpose. It has been a good word for me to explore my motivations for creating.
Play was also a big part in my Summer Art Residence At Home. In it I re-discovered my love for sketching. It helped me to research my subjects deeper. Throughout autumn I noticed I was scribbling more onto paper. Eventually they showed up in some of my blogs.
Since December I am pondering about doing a sketch every day.
I like sketching but tend to forget to do it regularly.
I was even more inspired when I read John Muir’s blogpost about drawing called: Quantity, not Quality. Among other very valuable advise he says that the best approach is simply to make lots of drawings.
John Muir is an illustrator with a deep love for Nature and shares his knowledge on his blog. He states that “journaling makes you a better observer, naturalist, and artist and opens a world of beauty and discovery”. I agree with him.
Then I read on Facebook that Elizabeth Agte was looking for a new challenge in 2014. I told her about my intention to sketch. A few people immediately asked if they could join. Which made me decide to start a facebook group so others can join me in my intention and that we can encourage each other.
I invite you to join me in this Facebook group called Quantity Sketching 2014 (inspired by John’s post). There we can share our drawings and challenge each other to keep on track.
As I love to use Pinterest I already started a board to collect my sketches in one place. I hope when you decide to participate that you have a digital spot where we can look at your drawings. It is also possible is to make an album in the fbgroup and collect them there. It is up to you.
I am not going to do anything fancy. I’ll take a few white sheets of paper, staple them together and start sketching on the first of January. It will be about quantity and I will see what it will bring me.