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July 28th, 2015

Flowering Cranny

Artist: Tim Smith, United States
Artist statement: Like all sketchbook junkies, I get charmed by those little corners of the world that no-one seems to be looking at. The dappled thing, the tool handle worn down by calloused hands, the first dandelion. I’m nagged by the suspicion that right in front of my nose is magic and I’m missing it. After all, every doodler knows that drawing is just seeing what is really there. We sit, we stare, sketchbook on lap, and the longer we stare the more we see, and this experience of having the quantum lights switched on is instantly addictive. Repeat a few times, and we realize that we can choose any field of vision at random from the world around us, draw it carefully and gently, and in little while God will peep back from our own page. Sketching is like collecting ghost pictures, one after the other. You take the shot, then realize there was something alive in the frame, even sidling next to you. Spooky, and may I have another?

I like to carry my sketchbook everywhere I go. I usually just draw with a pen then wash with watercolor.

I, too, have a boatload of pens and sketchbooks. My go-to books have been Stillman & Birn since I bit the bullet and paid the little extra to see what all the sketch bloggers were raving about. I have an Alpha, a Zeta, and an Epsilon. I love how they take a bucket of water and hardly flinch. Nothing else is close.

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish

flowering cranny

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