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Drawing Squiggly Lines

"Make it a rule never to give a child a book
you would not read yourself."
— George Bernard Shaw

We spent a few hours at the book store last week getting books for our trip this week. We have this ritual of grabbing a snack at the cafe, gathering books into teetering piles and skimming through them to find the best ones. I found a bunch of good books to add to my neverending list (here's my 2010 list of books to read) When we got home, I devoured Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists by Carla Sonheim. I LOVED this book - the line art is loose, fun, whimsical - a great resource of ideas for fun projects and doodlicious sketches.

The little note about 30% off $20... there were some teens at the bookstore and they were looking at a $20 book that was 30% off and they went back and forth trying to determine what the price would be. So one of them said, "Hey, I'll use my phone." and calculated the amount on their iphone. There are at least two things very wrong with this scenario. Where do I start.

The little drawings in my journal were inspired bythe art in this book. I'm also drawn to the art of of Danny Gregory. His post, Slow=Know is an eloquent description of what drawing means. I love documentation, like Jana Bouc's How to Make Yogurt. Then there's the art of Miguel Herranz (Freekhand), and I could go on...

We're off on vacation, flying to Pennsylvania. Enjoy your week and we'll catch you later.

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Reader Comments (6)

Ah have a wonderful vacation! I am off on mine the end of the month. You will be missed. Your one of my daily stops in blogland! I love your blog sooo inspirational and supportive.

09.7.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Kasstle

Have an awesome vacation!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

PS I agree about the teenagers! :-(

Yes, I too cringe as I overhear some teens when they can't figure something out that they should've learned in 6th grade!! Ugh!! Off to check your always have the best finds :D Enjoy your trip :D

09.7.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEden

I'm quite a bit (!) past being a teenager, but I can't calculate percentages in my head and have been known to use the calculator in my phone to assist in determining a sale price. I know how to do the math with paper and pencil, just not mentally. Nothing wrong with that, I'd say. We're all tool users.

I've heard several good reviews of the Drawing Lab book. I'll look for it in my next bookstore outing myself!

09.7.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonaB

I'm always so intrigued by drawing, I think since I'm so accustomed to mixed media that just taking out one pen and drawing seems so foreign to me! Thanks for the post; have a great vacation :)

09.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Brian, OK, I'm officially going on more vacations so that I can get lovely notes like yours! I had no idea you read DY, and I am thrilled to hear it. I love your art and your perspective.

Terri, Thx for stopping by!

Eden, It would be different if they had to calculate 17% off $51.97 to the penny (although I could do it if I had paper), but I'm concerned that kids don't know how to take the math skills they learn in school and apply the concepts to real life situations. That is, after all, why we learn math.

Dona, Good point, but I don't think they knew HOW to do the math even on their iPhone! Let me know if you like the Drawing Lab book.

Michelle, That's how I would feel if I tried to draw portraits or make earrings or dye fabric. It sounds cool but I would be lost.

~ Tammy

09.19.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

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