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Saturday, December 31, 2005

2005 Review


December 31 and it is time to stop and take a look at the last year, and plan for the next!
Things I've learned this last year:
That quick little sketches can bring back as much memory as more elaborate sketches. I look at this scribble of a ski lift and get chilly!

That the simplest little things around you can be good subject matter, and the closer you look at something, the more you understand it.

That a fast sketch that I don't really like at first
can turn out to be one of my favorites after all.
That if I loosen up a bit and quit worrying so much
about the outcome, it usually turns out okay in the long run.

That if one is going to
read good art instruction books...

it is usually beneficial to also
put some of that instruction into practice
and actually TRY some of the recommended exercises...


and learn, therefore,
that you can add a little orange or purple to make fun greens...


...and that you REALLY can make black
without actually using the color black!

Finally, I've learned, that the key is

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

Thanks so much to all of you who have offered such
wonderful advice and support and encouragement!

16 comments:

Laura said...

This was thrilling to look at and read! Thank you so much for doing an end of the year review, Linda. I am impressed all over again with your work and can't wait to see what you come up with in the coming year.
Happy, happy 2006!
xoxo,
Laura

Terri said...

Linda these are wonderful and are some of my favourites of yours from this past year. You really are inspirational, and have made a lot of progress in twelve months. Well done. I'm looking forward to enjoying your progress through 2006!

Danny said...

Linda:
Your year's review is awesome. You've accomplished so much. I hope you don't mind that I have noted your Greatest Hits page on my blog.
Your pal,
Danny

Lin said...

WONDERFUL images, glorious resolutions! SUPER SUPER JOB! Happy and Creative New Year! Keep up the fabulous work!

annie said...

Linda, I enjoyed seeing your review, and as always, love your work. You make my fingers itch to get a pencil out and try to draw somthing!

Anonymous said...

The cricket/grasshopper is my favourite. Well done.

Detlef
http://www.detlefjumpertz.com

Diahn said...

Great review, Linda! I love that little floppy dog at the top! What great use of cross-hatching and simplicity - You are an inspiration to me!

And I am going to resolve to draw in public, as well - I drew while sitting in my car today - but that's as close as I have gotten...2006 is THE year!

evy said...

Linda,
The dog drawing is trully fabulous! Thank you for sharing it and your other work in 2005. Also thank you for inspiring me and your encouragement in my own work. Happy New Year!

Kathleen Marie said...

Great review Linda! I so look forward to seeing your new creations this coming year. Happy 2006!!!!

Nancy said...

Very inspiring. I got a rueful chuckle from your writing that in addition to reading art books, one ought to actually put some of their ideas into practise as well! I plead guilty!

"Maggie" said...

I too agree that sometimes of sketches revisited often bring back great memories.

Great cross hatching on the pooch. I also like the loose water color sketch of the boats, well done!

Thank you for visiting and Happy New Years to you too!

Lindsay said...

Linda, thanks for this trip down your memory lane. You must feel so proud! I'm going to do this too!!!!!

quotidian said...

Well, you know I'm a fan and will eagerly await all the stuff you'll do this year!
Joey

Linda said...

Again, thanks to you all for all your encouragement!

lorna said...

great work- especially like the purple next to greens tip. My favourite is the landscape with the bold brushstrokes and the rich colours, it's fantastic.
Lorna

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