Study, study, study

Well, clearly, if you want to be a stud, you’ve got to study!

Okay, bad Dad jokes aside, I really do study a lot. Today’s study included a trip to Harriman State Park, a backpack of art supplies, and a willing open spirit.

The air was clean, the sky was cloudy but blue, and there were groups of people gathered together just enjoying the day. I pulled out my sketch pad, opened my pencil case, and started looking around for what might catch my interest for a quick live study. As I looked in front of me by a picnic table full of smiling faces, I noticed this adorably sweet little girl playing in the dirt — she was laughing and touching things and looking closely at stuff — she was having a blast, not a care in the world but this moment and joy.

The thing with pleinair is that everything moves, even still objects, like trees, appear different as light moves over them. It forces you to stop trying to draw a copy of what you see and focus on improving your skills instead.

I take the effort to study the way things lay, the understructure, the light and shadow, shapes, perspective, size, etc etc etc.

The goal is not perfect pictures. It’s training the eye to see and the hand to move.

I spent about 5 – 15 minutes per study, completing a total of 4 entries, and finished one of my sketch books. Which feels pretty good.

Shiran’s Daughter – quick live study 6/2/24 Harriman NY

After I spent just enough time on this study, the group got up from the table and started to leave. Turns out, they were parked right next to me, so I quickly, but carefully, tore out the page and handed it to her Dad. I didn’t know it was her Dad, of course, until after handing it to him. He immediately thanked me and mentioned that his wife was also an artist. I was so excited to hear that. I love meeting other artists. She came over and introduced herself, we chatted very freely for about 10 minutes and swapped details. Her name is Shiran – which I thought was such a unique and lovely name.

I’m pleased with my practice today and starting to feel improvements in my hand eye coordination, and my seeing skills were definitely sharpened.

Getting away from my everyday environment is also so crucial for me. I pray about many things and get rooted back in God. Presenting to him my hopes and washing out the worldliness that piles up. He is with me always and everywhere I go. To know God and make him known.

Bible reading for meditation:

Collossions 1:

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

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