Beagle Sketching

After a visit with my friend, Nancy Holtz, the pen sketching artist, I decided to use the pen she gave me to sketch my beagle of a certain age, Socks. 

Nancy effortlessly ink sketches what she sees without drawing in pencil first. The thought of not using a pencil first brings me back to my sad memories of 3rd grade when my teacher took away my pencil. The teacher said my writing was too small and that I needed to use only a crayon until I enlarged my writing. I ought to talk to someone about this as my stomach churns at this memory.

The new pen beckoned to me. Nancy received this pen a Pentel Hybrid Technica directly from Cheap Joe when she took a class from him in North Carolina. In my book, this is like receiving a gift from the guru of art supplies. 

Many of you dear blog readers know my house is filled with a pak of dogs including 2 beagles. Socks is our beagle emeritus and deserves to have his beagle poses documented for posterity. So yesterday I over came my fear of not sketching with a pencil first and sketched him with "the pen." 

The first sketched resembled chicken scrawls and I wanted to quit. However, I remembered I tell everyone that drawing requires practice. I had to keep drawing. Today's sketches were better. Then I invented the beagle project; 25 Sketches in 25 Daze to keep me going.  

Would you like to join me and find a subject you can sketch for 25 Daze? 

Are You Interested in Visiting Ireland, Scotland or Italy with Me this Fall?

Sketch and watercolor views that this in your travel journal. 

Sketch and watercolor views that this in your travel journal. 

If you have been thinking about a trip to Europe now is the time to make your plans. I can teach you how to record what inspires you as you walk down the road with me in Edinburgh. I can show you how to sit in a cafe and sketch a window across from the cafe as you sip a glass of wine or savor a cappucino.  If the colors you see from the window of the train inspire you to paint, I can teach you how to mix those colors and paint without anxiety.  

I still have a few spots open on my Fall trip if you want to join our small group and travel, sketch and relax.  Here are the details: 

Scotland- Sept. 18-25, 2016 $2,500. 

Ireland- Sept. 25-Oct2, 2016 $2,500. 

Italy(Tuscany)-Oct.2-9, 2016. $1,700.

Discounts available if you sign up for more than one week. 

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