Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Michael Chesley Johnson - Sketching in the Field

Most of us don't sketch as much as we should. In a recent newsletter, Canadian artist Robert Genn remarked that he doesn't sketch anymore. (Read it here.) I, too, rarely find time to sketch. Time is so taken up with painting and the business of painting. But when I teach outdoor workshops, I always have my sketchbook with me. Partly, it's for doing thumbnail sketches in preparation for painting. But when the workshop is small, I often have time between visiting students at their easels to do a little drawing, too. I also find it useful to illustrate concepts for individual students when they're having some difficulty.

Above is one page from my sketchbook.

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