Monday, 2 January 2012

Daily Sketching and Scratching


Playtime in a sketchbook is so important
and I don't do enough of it.
The routine of a daily sketch popped up in conversations
so many times last year.
Perhaps the universe was giving me a nudge.
I'm game to have a go.
On wintry days like this a pile of photographs
waits to be explored.
Just like the sandpipers surrounded by protective walls of kelp.
We shall see how it goes. 



As if sketching wasn't enough.
There's a long strip of cotton stretching out in front of me.
I'm aiming to 'scratch' at least one line a day
choosing a colour and stitch that feel right.
As I always do at this time of year
yesterday was a day of contemplating what the heck my purpose is
for being here on this planet.
you'd think by now I'd have it down pat!







17 comments:

  1. well maybe it gets easier with time? but no less confusing.

    can't wait to see the scratches grow

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  2. Love both of your projects. Can't imagine a day going by without making something...

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  3. i'm trying to get into sketching as well but i keep putting it off. just love your sketch. i can see that background in stitch.

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  4. Penny, these are gorgeous! I LOVE the sandpipers. We enjoyed watching them doing their little synchronized ballet every time a wave rolled in. The kelp surrounding will be fun to stitch!

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  5. I too am trying to get back to a regular sketching habit. I have piles of sketchbooks from my previous incarnation as a painter. Since I began making jewelry, not so much. I love your birds!

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  6. ..so maybe we'll both be scratching away in our books this year...

    ...and, yes, probably a lot of those pages will turn into something else!

    x Chris

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  7. i don't think it gets easier but more confusing as we "mature" especially with all there is out there now. give me a cabin in the woods and candle power, a soft chair and a few cats (my mom's wonderful puppy dog - a beagle named nosey) and i could happily close the door and be happy, settled and not confused. i think confusion comes because that old purse that we keep stuff crap into gets bigger and bigger. you know the theory about women's purses - the bigger the bag the more we carry. so that being said, you scratch, sketching to the same gesture, different tool blended in harmony i think. sandpipers are one of my favorite birds to watch - the way the skim along the shore with the incoming outgoing tides...all about rhythm. ah, beautiful beginning.

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  8. Both such worthy projects. Love your birds :)
    Happy New year to you.

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  9. Daily practice - ah yes, one of those things I keep trying to achieve. Maybe this year will be the one!

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  10. Oh my, I have exactly the same question twirling around in my head.
    A wonderful sketch of an interesting scene.

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  11. if that's a simple sketch then what are your finished drawings like? it reminds me of the Japanese drawings of the sea.

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  12. An amazing sketch! And wonderful stitching in this post and the last one. Very inspiring!

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  13. Daily drawing is a great habit! Your drawing is elegant - so much 'color' in your black and white. xxoo, sus

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  14. i suppose the first thing we would have to figure out is...who the heck is 'pat'?

    love the sittches...stitches...

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  15. I love the organic shapes and patterning in your sketch - and your growing lines of stitch. Where I'm at with the big question is that the purpose of life is life itself.

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