A Creative Life

I think it would be fair to say, without being too presumptuous, that many of us would like to express our creative voice. It’s different for everyone and finding the time let alone the particular avenue for that voice can be incredibly challenging. I used to love drawing, finding it almost meditative and totally absorbing (although deeply frustrating too, I like to work fast and sometimes the intricacies of a drawing will cause me to be a bit slapdash in my execution, it’s a learning curve to be patient) and have clumsily stumbled back to pencil and paper – with a slight difference. I’ve discovered the satisfaction of coloured pencils, specifically around botanical drawings. The impact of the colour is so immediately satisfying that it seems worth the time it takes to lay down layers of tones. At the moment it’s a matter of copying illustrations to get the feel of the pencil again, and to learn a bit about colour (you can never have enough pencils for that!) but eventually I’ll have to be adventurous enough to draw from life objects. 


starting to draw again, from a card I like.

Drawing crab apples from Botanical Drawing in Color by Wendy Hollender

Starting to draw a strawberry from Botanical Portraits with Colored Pencils by Ann Swan.

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