On Wednesday (May 22, 2019), a wildfire in the Big Bend National Park reportedly burned an estimated 1,200 acres of land. The fire also claimed two historic structures in the Castolon Historic Area of the Park. The buildings included the barracks building/La Harmonia Company Store, and the Castolon Visitor Center. (HERE is a news article if you are interested)
I realize the threat of wildfires is always a real concern, particularly in this area of Texas. While this fire could have been so much more destructive, somehow the news hit me hard because the loss happens to include one of my favorite places to visit in Big Bend.Read More
Last week we talked about how sketching is a road map to your creative destination - regardless of your chosen medium. If you missed that post, you might want to read it first, but it isn’t a requirement for this post.
This week, I promised I would share a few examples of how you might sketch using your camera. Yeah, I thought this might make you a little curious. Oh, and if your chosen medium is not photography, you might be able to think of ways to apply these ideas to your preferred medium, so let’s jump in.Read More
WHAT IS SKETCHING?
The definition of sketching is pretty drawing-centric, but, stay with me here because you KNOW how I love to color (or draw) outside the lines. I fervently believe there are many way to sketch with or without a pencil. WHAT?! Before you write this off as crazy talk, don’t you think it is possible? If you are reading this, you ARE creative, and this is where coloring outside the lines will help you. Just think beyond the pencil and paper drawing for a few minutes. Isn’t it possible that sketching in other mediums might be referred to as drafts, outlines, shot-lists, warm-ups... but isn’t it really all the same principle? Now, if you are curious, let’s explore how that planning, sketching, exploration… can serve you in mediums other than drawing?Read More
I have not always been a journal keeper, and, sadly, I am a sporadic sketchbook chronicler at best. However, in recent years, I have found the value in developing a daily journal practice. Now, I can’t imagine starting my day without writing in my journal. On those rare occasions when I am unable to write, my day seems off in some way. I want to bring this practice into my artistic journey, as well as my personal journey, because it is so meaningful for me.Read More