Daily practice pays off.
My month of drawing orchids every day is over already! I drew 26 of the 28 days. I learned a lot from this challenge, but here are the five biggest lessons from Daily Orchids. Orchid and buds, study. Sketch by Kit Dunsmore My drawings aren't always as bad as I think they are at the... Continue Reading →
I have kept up with daily drawing in ink despite some busy times and poor health. Having decided what to draw ahead of time has really helped. I'm getting better at hands. I also did a tiny drawing of Dory that I liked, although it's hard to tell what it is: I can't believe October... Continue Reading →
The second week of Inktober has come and gone and I am keeping up with my goals so far. The two things that have helped the most: allowing myself to doodle if I want, and deciding ahead of time what I might draw. The thing that is making it hardest? Knowing that I will be posting... Continue Reading →
I promised to post one drawing a week, and since this is day 7 of Inktober 2018, I better get with it. Here's what I drew before the concert last night: I've drawn every day this week following my rules. This is far and away the best drawing I've done, probably because it's the... Continue Reading →
In a world where everyone carries a camera everywhere they go, taking the time to stop and draw the natural world can seem like an old-fashioned and even pointless pastime. Snapping a picture takes a few seconds. Drawing takes a few minutes at least, and a lot longer in some cases. Besides, a drawing is... Continue Reading →
There is a barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) nest right outside our front door, on top of the porch light. We had swallows last year, too. I would hear their chittering song through the open window, but I didn't really watch them. This year, I was ready to try nature journaling. I made an effort to... Continue Reading →
Earlier this month, our dog Dory killed an immature desert cottontail rabbit. In the past, I've felt despondent over these little yard deaths. Even though I know these animals do not live long and many of them die young to feed the coyotes, foxes, and owls, I was still sad. This time, however, I did... Continue Reading →