Left: Pentel Brush Pen and light washes of gouache on a Canson watercolor board (9 x 6 inches) with Montana Marker background. Reginald D. Hunter is a comedian/entertainer. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I cut one finger pulling boxes down (paper cuts!!!) and cut another picking up something sharp. Typing slowly.
But that's OK because all I wanted to say today is what Reginald D. Hunter said. (See image at left.)
Of course I hope that means you go out and sketch, but if you aren't a sketcher…you get the message.
New Year's Day for me is a day about doing a little bit of everything I love to do. It sets the tone for the rest of the year. I've written about this a number of times on the blog, so if you're curious about how this pans out for me use my blog's search engine to find "New Year's Day" and you'll find lots of posts to give you a push out the door.
Because that's where you need to be today, and everyday—out in the world creating, and setting a great role model.
Smile at the folks who stop by. Ask a child who's watching you if she sketches and then encourage her regardless of her answer. Let her know it's a great thing to do. Reassure some adult lurker who keeps chiming in that's he's left-handed and could never "draw like that freehand," that he could, that it's practice, that he could start today. Be so inexhaustibly full of the joy of sketching that people come and sit next to you just to sit in your energy.
If the peanut gallery lets their internal critic out let your enthusiasm overwhelm their internal critics. And if their internal critic asks your internal critic to dance, remind your internal critic that you have a dance partner—your journal, your pen, your brush.
Be out in the world today, and everyday of 2017, creating.
And watch out for sharp objects!