It used to be when an instructor in a workshop would suggest that drawing was a necessary part of painting I would be stricken with fear and apprehension. I don't draw. I just want to paint. At least that's how I USED to feel. Enter a bit of playing in a variety of "drawing" mediums coupled with a greater understanding has made me realize that even "bad" drawing done with focus is better than not drawing at all!
It takes lots of practice like anything else and I am as surprised as anyone to realize that drawing is FUN! I am trying to incorporate it more in my planning for painted pieces. I have learned that there is little risk of losing creative spontaneity by adding this element to planning my painting. If anything it provides greater reward in the process because the study done by drawing as a separate exercise teaches me details in how I can be more free in the paint application. My hope is that it will encourage a better understanding of values. I can't wait to put brush to canvas (or Baltic birch) to develop the new work in the studio.
Today, as I enjoyed a day in the studio with a friend, I sketched this wild rose in charcoal as a study while she painted her piece at the easel. Thank you, Gloria, for a memorable day. I wish the miles were fewer between us so that we two artists could "geek out" more often! :) It's great to share this art journey with you.