The guest room renovation took most of my energy and all of my time, so it was soothing as well as mesmerizing to watch Marc Taro Holmes swirl his pencils, pens, and brushes across the paper, and like magic create what I long for: an illustrative watercolor.
I’m taking his class called Sketching in Motion, and while it looks simple when he does it, it’s far harder than I ever imagined. He wants “fast.” I want “fast.” But it is a mystery to me how he can work that fast and produce such intriguing and attractive little watercolors.
I’ve watched the entire program a few times, and it was only yesterday I felt I could produce something that indicated movement. They’re all smudged and not even close to being the contour drawing he requires, but at least I got phase one on paper. Tomorrow I’ll be pulling out my ink pen for phase two.
So in an effort to encourage (patsye-speak for embarrass) myself into sketching every day, I am putting these feeble attempts out there for your amusement. Each day they’ll either get better or worse. Time will tell.