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June 6, 2006

EDM Challenge #70: FEAR

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 I made a special trip to our Manhattan Dick Blick store to buy the new Moleskine watercolor notebook before going to Washington DC to see my son's new row house.  I had every intention of using this new watercolor journal for all of my sketches over the Memorial Day weekend, but instead returned home with 8 new full pages in my Aquabee Globetrotter spiral sketchbook (70 lb paper). 
What is this all about?  I think Julia Cameron's phrase FEAR BEFORE ACTION captures my problem best.  It is difficult for me to get beyond perfectionism (not that I am perfect in any dimension) which means that in my warped thinking the new notebook is special and "should be saved for special pictures."  I know this is crazy childhood thinking, admonitions from the many adults in my life.  But it really does interfere with my freedom to just sketch and have a good time painting my sketches however I want!
I never have that feeling as I begin page after page, everyday, in Volume 7 of my spiral sketchbook - and I'm afraid that the Moleskine watercolor journal will join 3 other unused watercolor journals on my shelf.  HELP!

June 1, 2006

EDM Challenge #69: Beverage=Coffee

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My favorite beverage is coffee, especially when I wake up at 5:30 AM on work days.  I sketched our Krups automatic drip coffee pot for EDM Challenge #14 - "The First Thing That I See in the AM" shortly after I joined the EDM group last fall.  This time I decided to draw other ways that I have to make good, black coffee: an Italian espresso pot, a brass Turkish coffee pot, a Bodum travel press that allows me to make pressed coffee and then drink it from the same cup, and a Melitta filter for an individual mug to make a single cup of drip coffee. 

It is very apparent that my style has changed significantly in the last 8 months.  I didn't start adding watercolor washes to my pen sketches regularly until December and now prefer COLOR!

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