EVERYDAY ORDINARY

WINTHROP CLOCKTOWER. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO not reproduce reblog or pin

WINTHROP CLOCKTOWER. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO not reproduce reblog or pin

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

PABLO PICASSO

OUR TOWN THEATER, DAVIDSON NC. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO not reproduce reblog or pin

OUR TOWN THEATER, DAVIDSON NC. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO not reproduce reblog or pin

Carrying a sketchbook daily for observational work makes me notice things. This week I had very little time so I brought along a toned paper journal. Toned paper can build a sketch quickly because the middle value is already present in the paper and then the only task is to place low lights and highlights as quickly as possible.

Sketching is a kind of reflective “ seeing” and the more sketching one does, the better one sees. I did not see the fire ant hill because I was looking at the tower for about ten minutes…and took away a life lesson: before you look up, look DOWN!

 

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