After more than 25 years with the studio arts program of The Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC, making quilts and presenting classes in technique and design for quiltmakers, I set up my new studio in Colorado with paper and pencils and  time to draw.

My daily practice began in January 2019. Habits are made with repetition. I drew apples mornings, first thing in the studio. I watched a tutorial by Will Kemp. Every time. They took less than 30 minutes. Later, after apples, I took  more time with the dailies, sometimes returning to the same one in the afternoon. Some became weeklies. It's a practice. Thinking this way takes the pressure off. No expectations. Though I did keep Paul's quote on my desk.

 

Drawings in the video are graphite (color with polychromos) on watercolor paper and are 6x6in.

"With an apple I will astonish Paris."    Paul Cezanne

The following are 6x6 inches. Papers include watercolor, archival craft, and sanded.

Bottlebrush buckeye

Transition, Showy milkweed

Waiting for Eve

A Valentine, 2021

Waiting for the Tinman

Missouri Evening Primrose

Waiting for the Pollinator

Waiting to be Chosen

From the series Leaves in Boxes, the following are on Legion 100% cotton craft paper. Size is 11x8.5in.

Cottonwood

Ash

Bodhi

Ginkgo

Oak

Missouri Evening Primrose

Poppy

"You have to do it every day; that's the challenge. You can be the best chef in the world, but if you don't have this discipline of craftspeople, then you can't do it no way."   André Soltner

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