A Daily Art Practice

When I was a kid, the mantra to “eat an apple a day, keep the doctor away” I must have heard hundreds of times! And I believed it!

As silly as that might seem now, it did make some sense nutritionally. After all, apples are a healthy and tasty snack! (Especially with a bit of peanut butter applied to each slice, or a bit of cheddar cheese!)

These days my mantra is, no matter what mood I’m in, making some art helps me to feel better. Even if it is just making a few quick sketches in my Moleskin notebook. I take the easy route and use some easily transportable tools. I keep the notebook and the drawing tools in a zip lock bag. A grab and go solution, for a few pleasurable minutes, or an hour, sitting outside, looking at plants, and doing loose drawings.

Later I scan those drawings, or capture them with my phone, to use in my computer-based eCollages.

My favorite tools are: Pentel Graphgear 1000 Drafting Pencil, Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen, Copic Gasenfude Brush Tip Pen, and the Pentel Art Brush Pen. No need to carry a bottle of ink around – it’s already inside the pen!

A little art every day helps keep the loneliness away!