Friday, April 18, 2008


This is a sketch I did in my new sketchbook. It took me several tries to get the posture right. A simple mechanical pencil is one of my favorite drawing tools. I love never having to sharpen the lead.

I spent a little time today preparing more watercolor paper covering up unsuccessful paintings with textured gesso. I hope to be able to do a little more painting before I leave on Tuesday for New York. I have spent quite a bit of time planning my itinerary. There are so many fantastic museums so I have to decide which ones to visit this time. I have been to the Guggenheim (which I think is such a marvel of architecture) so this time I plan to go to the Neue Museum to see the Klimt painting of Adele Bloch Bauer, The Whitney Museum ( I believe the Biennial is there now) and the Museum of Modern Art. The Metropolitan is too huge to tackle this time. Ellis Island was closed when last we were in New York but luckily we were able to climb up into the Crown of the Statue of Liberty. Now you can only go as far as the base. They may never open up the staircase inside again. We have 3 days to see the sights of the city. It was 45 years ago we spent a year living in Manhattan. I couldn't wait to leave. Now, I can't wait to go back!...but a few days is plenty.

More words of wisdom from Bruce Mau:

3. Process is more important than outcome. When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we've already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there. 

4. Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child). Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day.

1 comment:

Cecelia said...

Have you ever tried a #314 Draughting pencil? I just love those-even if you do have to sharpen them. I just use my electric sharpern, or hand held one if I am out somewhere. You can get all ranges, from light to very dark-and they are very smooth with firly thick "lead". I think that General is making them now. Originally, they were made by Berol, then Sanford.
Love the words of wisdom. Especially can relate to the one about process. I think I needed that!
Your trip to NY sounds wonderful!
Just a note that the 19th World Wide Sketch Crawl has been announced for Saturday June 21. Hope everyone will get out and draw that day! You can go to the Sketch Crawl website for more info.
We're planning on doing it here in the Brazos Valley.

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