Coming back to blogging to blog about coming back to sketching

Attempts to come back to blogging in the last few years haven't stuck but here I am! Hello 2017. I miss the sense of concrete achievement I get from posting my activities here and am ready to try again.

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Over the years, I haven't been consistent about practice of art. Free time outside of work is a very limited resource and I care about a lot of things; sometimes I've spent that time doing art,  other times I've socialized a lot or studied ASP.NET design patterns or learned to knit or practiced making dumplings or just managed to survive from day to day. Some years the sketchbook never got opened at all; other years, I published comics or flew abroad to sketch in unfamiliar cities. 

Some years I've wondered if I would keep drawing at all, but that question has long ago been answered.  Yes.  Sketching, of all things, is something to which I always return.  

In this last year, I've worked hard as a software developer and lost the momentum I had built as a sketcher.  Attempts to sketch my city have felt like an awkward burden and my lines have been stiff and uninspired.

So - back to the fun exercises, and back to leaning on my fellow sketchers to keep me honest! Though my main group is Urban Sketchers Portland, Sunday morning I gathered with the Portland Drink & Draw group to sketch the Rodin exhibit at the Portland Art Museum. 

Portland Art Museum - Rodin Exhibit

From there, I went straight to Dr. Sketchy Portland's special daytime Academy Awards themed costumed figure drawing session starring burlesque performer Vanity Thorn.

Dr. Sketchy - Oscars 2017

(I've attended an Oscars night at Dr. Sketchy once before.)

These were fun events and I loosed up a bit, focused on observing and trying to draw instead of on trying to make something "good".

Next step: Later today I'll meet up with a couple of my favorite Urban Sketchers at Lan Su Chinese Garden to try to stay loose while sketching a beautiful urban landscape.