Friday, August 13, 2010



I can never emphasize enough the need to keep drawing and sketching to keep your skills from becoming rusty.  I know there is the school of thought that says drawing isn't needed to paint, but I belong to the school that says drawing is the backbone of all art.

I know I am biased as my background was drawing and its where I cut my teeth and it still is my comfort zone.  I can't begin to describe the level of satisfaction I get from graphite and paper and seeing something emerge from a blank sheet of paper.

I am buried in fish both figuratively and literally lately and now have two weeks off work.  That means I devote two weeks more or less to producing, marketing, printing, drawing and painting.  I may be glad to go back to work at the end of it!

While I know that fish aren't everyone's idea of good time, they are predominant in my life and art right now but even so, I still wander over into other subjects and tonight was this sketch of a young woman before her wedding.  This was an image from the WetCanvas All Media Weekend Event.  I haven't participated for awhile and really had a need to draw something.  Go on over and see Valri.  Tell her I sent you.

And go draw something!


sue said...

Beautiful, Jeanette! Love this.

Jo Castillo said...

You are so right about drawing. I think it helps my painting so much. Beautiful lady.

Robin Neudorfer said...

I am also in agreement Jeanette. I think drawing is the bones to everything. Including abstract.
We must be thinking along the same pathway... I too have been popping into WC more lately. Though I do miss the old crowd. I feel like such a stranger.

Susan Parsons said...

I agree with you Jeanette. I love to draw and bring a pencil with me to meetings. I have loads of sketches of water glasses, noses, candy etc. So I even get some drawing time at work.

Billie Crain said...

Lovely sketch. Many of us must be thinking along the same lines. I rarely sketch these days and I'm beginning to miss it.

bridget Hunter said...

A timely reminder for me too. Lovely darwing.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Sue.

Jo, this image was taken in 1962 apparently and yes she's lovely.

Robin, I don't get to WC as much as I used to. Yes, there is a completely different group there now, but to be expected.

Susan, meetings are great for some surreptious drawing :)

Bille, I think we all draw more previously. I do love it and try to make time for it each day.

Thank you Bridget.

Margaret Bednar said...

I find I am strongly drawn to art with solid drawing as the base. I'm sure that is why I like you artwork so much!

Jeanette said...

Thanks so much Margaret. It really is my first love.