Old Sketchbook #1

I  only started drawing and painting a few years ago at the age of 35. I thought I would post some of the paintings and drawings I’ve done over those years. It’ll be interesting to see how I improve in years to come (I hope).

I would love to be able to draw and paint well, whatever that means. I suppose I would like to be able to relax and enjoy it. I do enjoy it – but also there is an uncomfortable feeling – I have to learn to be okay with producing something that is less that I hoped it would be. I’ve renewed determination to practice everyday and I am going to concentrate on drawing for a while.

I take some inspiration from John Ruskin’s words:

Supposing then that you are ready to take a certain amount of pains, and to bear a little irksomeness and a few disappointments bravely, I can promise you that an hour’s practice every day for six months, or an hour’s practice every other day for twelve months, or, disposed in whatever way you find convenient, some hundred and fifty hours’ practice, will give you sufficient power of drawing faithfully whatever you want to draw, and a good judgment, up to a certain point, of other people’s work: of which hours if you have one to spare at present, we may as well begin at once.

Above is a painting of peaches in acrylic paint, one of my first paintings.

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