Adventures in Sketching


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: drawing is not my strong suit.  I’m decent when I practice regularly (which, prior to this, was only for a few quarters in college), but I’m not a natural.  I’m not a whiz. And I’m definitely not a prodigy.  But I am an eternal student.  I want to continue to learn, grow, and progress until I draw my last breath, so I recently enrolled in an online class focused on sketching.

Please don’t laugh, but this is my first online class.  I thought taking the class might help keep me focused on the positive and help keep me occupied after the surgery on my left hand since my right hand was pretty functional by then, and I’m glad I signed up.  The combination of video instruction, photos, and text works very well for me, and I’ll definitely sign up for more online classes in the future.

Alisa Burke’s Sketchbook Delight workshop really has been a delight, and has inspired me to take time to look, play, and practice.  And while I may never be amazingly fantastic when it comes to drawing and sketching, I will be better.  I’ll likely be able to do enough to satisfy me artistically, and to expand my creative output and options.  And that’s enough.  It’s worth the time spent and the uncertainty that comes along with embarking on an adventure in sketching.

Here are four of my sketch pages from the last month, in chronological order…





I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into my sketchbook/art journal.  Have you taken any online classes that you’d recommend?  Please share…

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted November 8, 2012 at 9:24 am by Barbara | Permalink

    I had a delightful experience with a course called “Creative Chemistry 101 with Tim Holtz” offered by Check out some of the things they offer! BTW…..loved your sketches. I, too, am challenged when it comes to drawing/sketching. I may have to give that class a try.

    Glad your hands are mending!


  2. Posted November 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing – I’ll be sure to check out the Creative Chemistry 101 class and see if it’s up my alley.
    I definitely recommend the Alisa Burke class. :] Thanks for commenting!

  3. Posted November 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm by Marilyn | Permalink

    I liked reading about your motivation to take the online class, especially when you have good reasons to take it easy. Thanks for sharing your sketches.

  4. Posted November 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for commenting! It’s my pleasure to share my sketches and my process, and honestly? Having a creative outlet helps keep me sane! I’ve also been doing a lot of reading and have watched movies on DVD and Netflix (we don’t have cable), but this class has given me something else to focus on and has given me a way to keep growing. Hurray!