Quick Sketch & Slow Study


When you’re not feeling great physically, a quick sketch is the way to go. No planning. No lines.  Just attack the page with paint looking quickly between your subject and the paper. The above is an example of a quick sketch of another bouquet of flowers I received recently.

I love to make quick sketches! You can, if you want to, set a timer, for say 3 minutes or even just 1 minute. Do as much as you can within that time frame with whatever tools you want to work with…charcoal, pen, watercolor, or oil pastels. The primary value in making quick sketches is that it shuts off your analytical brain and allows your intuitive side full reign. The nearly always surprise me as to how fresh and unassuming these sketches are.



And later…when you’re feeling up to it, you can settle into a slower, more studied attempt. The key is to maintain some of that freshness and effortlessness you had in the quick sketch.

*The second painting here has been added to my Etsy Shop! 😉

**I hope today finds you able to put pen or paint to paper… quick sketches or slow studies…it will do you a world of good! I’m convinced that engaging in something artistic does indeed aid in our healing, whether it’s physical, mental or emotional.

***And I hope these bouquets bring a bright spot to your day! Thank you all for your kind words you leave on my blog or on Facebook. I so appreciate it!