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July 30, 2007

Monday morning musings…

Filed under: Inspiration, Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:31 am

Good morning readers.

Looks like we may have rain today as it’s dreary outside this morning. We had a bit of rain yesterday in the evening though we had overcast skies and thunder througout the day.

This past weekend my brother Rob was admiring one of my handmade sketchbooks. He said that he wished that he had the nerve to pick up sketching again as he did alot of it as a child and young adult. I know he has the desire but I think he feels shy about it. I understand where he is coming from. As adults we are sometimes so hesitant to start something new for fear of not being good at it. Of course we won’t be good at it at first but we get better the more we do it. Though that doesn’t keep us from being embarassed about our first tries.

I pulled out two books yesterday. The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to be the Artist You Truly Are by Danny Gregory and Color: A Natural History of the Paletteby Victoria Finlay.

The first book I will send to my brother in hopes of getting him fired up to attempt some drawing. The second book is about color and the quest of the author to find out where certain colors came from. She is like an archaeologist digging for clues from the past. It’s very interesting. I started it a while ago but my short attention span theater brain moved on to something else. I was reminded of it yesterday while I was surfing around and am reading it again.

If you are interested in learning to sketch Danny Gregory’s site Everyday Matters is a great place to start. He also has a Yahoo group of the same name that is pretty active.

Here are a few more sites to spark your interest in keeping a sketch journal.

Illustrated Watercolor Journaling from the site…”As the world gets more immediate, more online and easy to delete, the journal is a low tech, highly tactile method of capturing aspects of your world. A variation on the written journal is an illustrated journal — adding the richness of hand drawn images to words.”

Michael Kluckner’s Travel Art Lots of journal pages to look at.

RozWorks Roz has lots of great pages from her journals posted on her site.

Moonlight Chronicles if you haven’t seen one of these little books you’ve missed out on a real treat. Dan is also the author of How to Make a Journal of Your Life. Which is a great little book to get you started sketching and writing about your daily life.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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