I first started sketching when Jon and I would be driving somewhere and he would stop to take pictures. It happened so often, I kept a book in the car. I’m not sure if it was inspiration, or competition, but I soon replaced the book with a sketch pad.
I always loved the exercise in life drawing class were we had to draw as much and quickly as possible in just one minute, before the model would change poses and we would begin a new drawing. Recalling this, as soon as the truck was in “park” I would pull out the sketch pad and start drawing, stopping as soon as Jon got back in the car. This worked for me in two ways. It made me not labor over a drawing which taught me to capture the essence of the subject matter and, since I was uncomfortable showing anyone my sketches, I could hide them from Jon before he got back.
I’m no longer hiding my drawings.
Inspired by my new sewing machine , sketching on the book tour , Rita, and the Creative Union Show at Redux Art and Antiques on Saturday Nov 13th ( I need to make some work for the show) I decided to make a new kind of potholder, one with quick sketches on it.
I though about what images would work on a potholder. I have a history of using tea in my art, so a tea cup was a natural and, conveniently there was one on my desk. That got me started on the idea to just draw what was in front of me. The light switch and outlet came next, then the wood stove and lastly, my favorite, the tissue box.
The ideas come easy when you’re surrounded by them. For tomorrow I’m thinking of my pink chair, computer, pincushion, and most obvious, the sewing machine.