When you let go…

After more than 2 hours working, the last few 2 minute-sketches came. I put away the pencil, got some charcoal and because I didn’t want to spoil nice paper, I put up some cheap wrapping paper.

I think these became the best sketches of this morning 🙂

Lovely Isabelle in tutu:

Isabelle in tutu

Isabelle in tutu

Just pencil

Sometimes you feel that you can’t get anything right, especially when you try to work with new material or techniques. First you think: well this is fun – and after a while you feel confused and can’t get anything right on your paper/canvas. At least, that is how it often goes for me and every time I realize I don’t practice enough. One or two days a week is nothing. Yesterday evening I went back to pencil and eraser. That still didn’t work until the last pose. It was 15 minutes, but I worked a bit longer on the shadow. It was a led class, so I got some good tips, corrected the right leg and added more background.


I remember one of our seasoned fellow artists; he only had a little sketchbook, a pencil and some water-color in his pocket, sat down somewhere, spit in his hand and started to create little master pieces. But then again: I think he woke up every day with a pencil/brush in his hand…