"Is there anything, apart from a really good chocolate cream pie and receiving a large unexpected cheque in the post, to beat finding yourself at large in a foreign city on a fair spring evening, loafing along unfamiliar streets in the long shadows of a lazy sunset, pausing to gaze in shop windows or at some church or lovely square or tranquil stretch of quayside, hesitating at street corners to decide whether that cheerful and homy restaurant you will remember fondly for years is likely to lie down this street or that one? I just love it. I could spend my life arriving each evening in a new city."
It's hard to be unconfident in your work. It's hard to be a beginner. These are some impromptu sketches of our little manekins (girlekins) and a camera on top of the book Bird by Bird. It's drawing practice.
Angles and perspective are so confusing! I'm directionally challenged to begin with. If I have to follow directions like, "go west on Boardwalk, then go north at the light at Park Place, there's little chance that I will wind up at Go without any landmarks.
But I'm trying to focus on small successes. I'm happy that the pen does what I want it to do more often than it used to. I just don't know what I want it to do.
For those of you who sketch, do you just have a "feel" for your lines, or are you thinking mindfully about what to do next? Do you look at the page as you draw? Do you work from the top to the bottom? Main subject outward? Do you find yourself following the same general process with each drawing? For example, I start 85% of my mandalas in the center with a circle. I don't sketch frequently enough to have any sort of process.