What I’m doing is called sketching, or urban sketching. I’d love to talk with you about it but then I’d miss out on time to sketch, so I made this handout for you. Thanks for understanding.
I use watercolor pencils. I sketch dry and add water later. There are other ways to use watercolor pencils – this is just the way I like to use them. You can see the finished sketch @betsybeadhead
Yes, I am an artist. Anybody is if they make art. Being creative is part of being a human being. I also work a full-time job. I don’t get paid to be an artist. I still make art, because it makes me happy.
You may say “I can’t even draw a straight line.” That is not an excuse to not make art. Get a ruler. Or notice that how little in nature is composed of straight lines. Straight lines are boring anyway.
Nobody’s art looks great at the beginning. It takes years of practice to be good at it. That is not a reason to not make art. If you want to get better at anything, you have to practice it. Making art is just like learning how to play the piano. Make a “play date” with yourself – schedule time to make art.
You can get books from the library (subjects: sketching, urban sketching, art journaling) and learn how to do this. You can also take a class for free through the Nashville library system. You can get a free library card even if you don’t live in Davidson County. You don’t need a card to attend a class.
The fact that you are interested in what I’m doing means you too are an artist. Go make art!