Friday, January 30, 2009

EDM #31 - Draw something you collect

I think sketching is a great stress reliever. Have you ever noticed how sketching helps you relax? How you can’t sketch and worry at the same time? I guess you could sketch when you’re angry, or sad - but that sketching will actually help you feel calm. It does for me.
I realized as I was sketching these feathers that I was more relaxed - that concentrating on my drawing helped me forget about some things in my life right now that are feeling stressful. I also think that when I’m feeling stressed, it’s harder to get myself into the right mindset to draw. We have so much going on in our lives that we forget to take a break - that we really need to take a break.
The choice I made today about what to sketch really had a positive effect on me because it also brought back the pleasant memories of finding these feathers. I remembered the walks, and the hikes - with friends or by myself - being out in the fresh air enjoying the sounds and smells of nature. Sometimes, when it’s hard to find the time or energy to sit down and draw, I hope I can remember this. I’m going to try to remember that art really is good for the soul.

11 comments:

  1. Your page is beautiful. I love the frame, the colors, the balance of the composition... everything! Your yellow flower below is wonderful too. Looking forward to see more of your work!

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  2. I love the feathers and the words!

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  3. The feathers look very nice.

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  4. Thank you for a reminder as to why we sometime do art! It came on a day that I needed to be reminded to take a break. Your feathers are beautiful. I love the brownish gold feather. How did you create that color?

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  5. What a great reminder! Art is so therapeutic and even as artists, we have to be reminded of our own abilities and priorities. Love your feathers and how well they go with your words. Just what I needed this Monday morning! Thank you.

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  6. Very beautiful! And I totally agree with you about sketching being a great stress reliever. Works better than prozac!
    I love your work.
    MD

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  7. The feathers are lovely! And I enjoyed your comments too. I find sketching very relaxing.

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  8. Diann love your work. I also can't resist picking up and drawing feathers.

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  9. Your sketches are beautiful! I love the eagle for dad. :) Marva

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  10. The feathers look great,I just love the ink detail you added, did you ink it first then color or the other way around? Love the border too. I can't resist picking up feathers where ever I travel...back yard to across the world...like a souvenir. I have some really cool ones from when I was a zookeeper!

    A tip I learned, if you don't want nasty little bugs to ruin your feather collection, keep a tiny bit of 20 Mule team borax in the bottom of the container they're in.

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