The analogy of muscle building is one I often use for the practice of drawing – namely that one must “work out” regularly to have real satisfaction from it. However that sounds a bit heavy going some evenings when it’s too late to drive into town for a figure drawing group. So as some of you know, when the hunger for drawing gets strong and the body is tired, I take my pencils and paper with me to the TV room to indulge in some lap sketching while “watching”. My husband, pictured above, wonders how I’m able to really pay attention to a good show or video while my eyes are on my paper. My response is, “I don’t have time to just sit and watch, and besides, most available entertainment can be consumed with half a brain and an occasional glance up.”
It’s great being married to a photographer. There is camera equipment lying all over the house – you know how equipment laden those photographers are – so when someone is mugging, you have a way to capture it. This time it was him. So I printed out a series of pictures in black and white and piled them up on my lap and worked my way down through four of them on this page in the time it took to watch the end of a Masterpiece Classic and a Men of a Certain Age episode. I trust you will understand that my husband has no more of the diabolical or demented in him than most of us. He is however, a strong character, and I will choose a strong character over a beautiful young lady to draw any time.