I’m not an artist.
When new friends show me their baby pics, I have a tendency to respond by showing my latest sketches, often with similar paternal fondness. Bragging about barely fridge-worthy efforts? Guilty.
Artists devote years to honing skills that I do not have. A few of my sketches have turned out well, and I absolutely love those sleepy head-pats that Monica gives me when I wake her in the morning to show off my latest creation. But I get a lot of help from digital filters and editing apps to transform the best I can do into something more eye-catching. Real art? Probably not, but I friggin’ love playing.
I began sketching images for blog posts because I couldn’t find photos that would accurately convey the tone and emphasis I wanted. Digital painting relaxed me when I was too anxious to sleep, or too depressed to do anything. It became my art therapy, without the messy cleanup or expensive paint supplies.
Some of you may be thinking this is an awful lot of words for a “Wordless Wednesday” post. In my defense, this is my first time, sketches without words wrapped around them feel naked to me. It’s OK to be a little shy. Right? Besides, I did say (Almost).
“Get on with it already”
While I couldn’t find photos to compliment my blog posts, I’ve read hundreds of posts composed by photographers that beautifully captured scenes or triggered emotions:
Dave Ply at Plying Through Life gave us am immersive tour through Portland Oregon after the big snow storm this January. (Do you remember it?) I loved one photo so much I asked for permission to try to sketch it. He said yes. Be sure to check out this link to see the original photo.
Seeing the trees for the forest
Even farther north, in the forests of Canada, Sheri at Trail to Peak: the Adventurous Path took us on a winter hike on an island called Tofino. One of the trees she photographed had so much character, I had to try to sketch it. I’m not thrilled with the results, but you can judge for yourself when you see the original on her blog.
Bridge over untroubled waters
I don’t know if (Almost) Wordless Wednesday will be a recurring thing, but I do know that I’ll continue sketching. It’s too much fun to stop.
Regardless, I hope this adds a bit of color to your day.