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Friday, April 25, 2014

Art Exercise

Heavy Lifting Drawing Exercise

While I'm on the campaign trail for my son-in-law Eric Stewart
for Logan County Family Court Judge,
I haven't painted much.
I take my grandson Caleb out for 6-8 hours per day to canvas door to door
in the 36 precincts in the County.

The other day I decided to try something different.
OK, let's clear this up,
I wasn't drawing and driving.
But, I had my sketch pad next to me and when we pulled up to a house
I had to pick out something and draw it while Caleb went to the door.
It usually takes him about 2 minutes if he gets to speak to someone,
and less than a minute if he only hangs a door hanger on the door.

A few of the drawings I worked on from memory for a few stops
but most of them I did in the 1 or 2 minutes we were in the driveway.
This was my first sheet and I started in the upper left corner
when I spied a wicker love seat nestled among some
really tall pines.

Not all of the drawings I started were finished,
but it was so fun to quickly decide on something
and then try to get it on paper.

If you've followed me you know I've working a lot on drawing
I don't do it well.

I thought this "quick draw" exercise might help.
And it did.

This sheet had a little pump house, 
which I don't think I got the scale good on it.
My fav on the sheet is the arbor in the lower left hand corner.


We were in Zanesfield and the houses are close together
so Caleb walked from house to house
while I parked and worked on the church on the left for about 15 min.
The house on the right I did in about 2-3 minutes.
 The house on the lower right had a zillion angles,
so I was just trying to figure out how to get them.
 I did get most of them correctly,
which is a huge breakthrough for me.

This chair was really rustic and was sitting in a yard
with flowers surrounding it.

The windmill was one of my favs because I felt I made a break through in seeing its parts.

This church had those several roof lines,
interesting windows
and its the kind of thing I seldom get right,
but I was happy with this
And this is what inspired the whole exercise.

This cute little wicker love seat was snuggled in a pine grove 
far away from the house.
It looked like the perfect end of day spot to unwind.

I'm sure you'll see many of these parts or whole drawings 
working their way into paintings in the future.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my art today.

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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.