Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Recharging My Batteries

Sometimes you hit the wall and nothing will come out. This is how I jump start myself - by sketching. It is instant gratification (in about 45 minutes). A small pen and ink allows to me to sketch and than commit to paper. No fussy work just general lines, thick and thin, a hint or suggestion which gives you freedom. I like the end result and I have something tangible, so I feel that the time was well spent. I work on 100 lb Bristol paper, smooth or textured, do a quick light sketch and than using a Crow Quill pen and India ink go back in and draw. Doing this once a day or as I can fit it in seems to get ideas flowing again.

These are just some Black-Eyed Susans that were knocked over in the 35 days of rain we’ve had, along with some weeds from the yard. Weeds can be pretty too!!

9 comments:

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Excellent! I can see why you enjoy it!

Cathy said...

I love your spontaneous sketch Holly. I think sometimes we include too much detail in our art and then it helps just to go back to simple, unadorned sketches. I do quite a lot of sketching but it usually doesn't make its way to my blog, but I do enjoy it. There are times though when I feel quite empty of ideas and then I scout through my art scrap books for inspiration.

I used to use smooth bristol board for pen and ink but now I prefer the tooth and texture of good quality watercolour paper.

Holly Zemak said...

Thanks Carol, it was enjoyable to do something quick and immediate.

Holly Zemak said...

Hi Cathy - What a great idea, I am going to give watercolor paper a try.

magicmyst said...

The simple pure lines are lovely Holly. Kay

Gwen Bell said...

This is such a nice, strong sketch. Lovely and simple and a reminder that I need to re-charge my batteries in this same way!

Holly Zemak said...

Thanks Kay = I made good use out of my flattened flowers.

Holly Zemak said...

Thank you Gwen - I love to do these simple pieces, something I am going to try to do more of.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Love your sketches! Best wishes. Lesley