Drawing means different things to different people. As a practitioner I want to make the approximate specific and say more with less. The most important thing is to draw often, in whatever way possible, to realize its potential.
I went to ten extraordinary museums on art trips in New England this summer. Museums usually forbid the use of ink when drawing in sketchbooks from their art in galleries. For this reason I leave my fountain pen aside and use a Papermate 2B mechanical pencil. The lightweight plastic pencil barrel has split and the metal clip is gone, but I would feel mute without it.
ABOVE: Copy from Chardin, D’Amour Art Museum, pencil, Springfield, Mass, 081718.
Waiting for Yale Art Gallery to open, pencil, New Haven, CT, 081518.
Edith Wharton estate Italian garden, pencil, Lenox, Mass, 080518.
Bennington College observatory, pencil, 080418.
Tastee Freeze, pencil & watercolor, Bennington, Vermont, 080218. Paper in a book purchased on the road was too thin for wet media & buckled.
Copy from Carpeaux, pencil, Clark Museum, Williamstown, Mass, 073118. Last pages of a Moleskine.
Copies from Chardin, Monet, Pissarro & Gonzalès, pencil & watercolor, Clark Museum, Williamstown, Mass, 073018.