With my art, I have discovered something curious. I am convinced that I cannot do certain things (like sketching) until suddenly I have the feeling that I can. I know it sounds bizarre and it is to me every time.
Last year, my talented friend Kelly (of Kelly Berkey Designs) had a Stretching to Sketch challenge on her blog. She'd post a picture of herself, and the next week everyone would submit their sketches. I didn't participate partly because it was a busy time for me, but also because in my mind I had decided that I couldn't sketch.
This morning, somewhat out of the blue, I felt the urge to sketch with pencil and paper. So I decided that I would take one of Kelly's photos and sketch it. In order to not overthink this (which can easily happen for me), I set two ground rules: to take only 10 minutes, and no eraser!
I think what changed is how I look at what I am drawing or painting. Instead of seeing a human body and thinking how complicated that is to draw, I am starting to see lines and shapes, and light and shadow. Suddenly it's starting to make sense to me...
The result? Not great art, but certainly a nice first "real" sketch!