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Drawing Day!

Apparently, today is National Drawing Day! Though I've never heard of this "holiday" before, (as I'm pretty sure it's a relatively recent addition to the list of special days people come up with for each day of the year), I love the idea. For those of us who hold down a full-time job outside of the art world, sometimes it's difficult to set aside time to dedicate solely to creating artwork since "free time" can often get filled with other chores or responsibilities. Drawing Day, therefore, puts art back on the priority list.

I can't say that I've neglected doing anything creative recently since I've actually been quite busy between completing several house portrait commissions and displays for the Summer Reading Program at my local library (more pictures of that to come). However, I haven't really done any work "just for fun." So here's my drawing for today, not counting the little doodles I always make on my seemingly never-ending to-do lists! I sketched a flowering plant from the backyard called a Lena Scotch Broom plant. I used Caran D'Ache water soluble coloring crayons to finish it. Even though I didn't get the drawing as refined as I'd normally like, because I've never really used these materials before, I still think this quick sketch turned out pretty well! I guess this will teach me to just loosen up a bit and not worry so much about getting details down perfectly.

Even if you don't consider yourself an artist I highly recommend you set aside some time to relax, take a deep breath, and make art a priority by creating a drawing of your own. You might be surprised at just how refreshing it can be to slow down and let your creative side come out!

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