Wild Swan Moon

Sketching is like dancing. It’s process as much as product. You can turn your head off and just sort of dissolve into the now. Doing a giant, super thought-out painting is the opposite of that.

Molly Crabapple

As I drift through this sabbatical, I am doing my best to post at least once a week, just to prove I am doing something. (I’m actually doing a lot of somethings, but nothing in a specific direction.) Therefore, this week will be a report on a class I decided to take from talented local artist, Vinita Pappas. The title is “Sketching Adventures” and it is done through Salty Art Co.

I greatly admire Vinita’s work, which is always carefully drawn, painted, finished. Her draftsmanship is amazing, and the subject was one of constant interest to me. It’s a short class, but as always, Vinita has a plan full of challenges and carefully thought-out exercises. I am working my way through them.

Of course, the problem with this is that I sketch, and then I get excited about painting. I’m trying to embrace just drawing, but there is no denying that it’s hard.

Fortunately, I’ve had a variety of paintings to finish. In general, I’m sticking with sumi ink (though I think that phase may be on the way out). The only truly new painting this week is “Winter Watch”, and really, how could I help myself? I had done thumbnails and a full sketch. It was inevitable.