A Few Sketchbook Exercises: Daily Art Practice


Couch Talk


This week, I spent some time in my garden doing some spring cleaning. I cleaned up all 6 raised beds, weeded and added some trellises to support my berry bushes. I have red raspberries and blackberries and they tend to take over and spread like weeds. Thats great, until they venture into other beds and choke out the other plants, so I have to cut them back frequently. I love seeing a freshly weeded garden as it is very satisfying.

While I was at it, I cut some branches from my red bud tree. They don’t bloom for very long so I am enjoying their purple buds. I have been doing some reading up on these trees because mine is very sparce with a lot of dead branches. I read that they can be pruned after the blooms have fallen off so that will be on my list of things to do within the next few weeks.




Daily Art Practice


After Sketchbook Revival, my daughter and I were inspired to try some colored pencil. We got our inspiration from an encyclopedia of animals. We worked together on these pages.



I always love the lessons by Roisin Cure. She brings a scene with people to life. I am always amazed how she uses a few lines to make people to look like people. This is what I did, following one of her lessons.



I like this lesson, although I am not thrilled with how mine turned out. It was a lot of fun to think of filling a page with similar items. I would like to practice more of these collections.




Tea Day


I am joining the Tea Day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Honey Vanilla Chamomile Tea. This tea is calming and my favorite version of chamomile tea.

Happy Tea Day,


11 thoughts on “A Few Sketchbook Exercises: Daily Art Practice”

  • My mother always drew with us and coached us in how to draw, so your post makes me happy.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  • Good morning, I love the redbud trees-they are wild here in the landscape in Missouri– and the redbuds are edible too.
    so wonderful to have art practice with your daughter. loved the pieces
    I agree a cleaned up garden is very satisfifying for sure
    Happy T hugs Kathy

  • I love your beach scene. I can see myself at Ogunquit Beach in ME. So fun to draw with your little one.. Always fun to do share activities. Happy T Day

  • My favorite people book is Learn to Paint People Quickly by Hazel Soan. It does refer to paint, but it shows you how to create people in pictures without a lot of lines, especially when creating crowds. I think you have it with your beach though. It came out great Kate. And how fun to do some art with your daughter too. I haven’t touched my veggie garden but that’s always the last one I do as I really love having flowers more. Perhaps they are frivolous, but I enjoy them. I hope you have a great week ahead and your T day is going well. hugs-Erika

  • Sorry I am so late visiting. I now have four cats and two households to take care of, and last night I visited Sally at the hospital till they threw me out. She finally got a room late last night. Before that she was stuck in the ER on a cot.

    How sweet your daughter also did one of the lessons. I never got around to seeing any of them. I was busy (and still am) making art every day using recycled materials. I love your line people. They really LOOK like real people.

    Although I am not a fan of camomile tea, yours looks good. If it works, that is all that counts. Thanks for sharing your drawings and your tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Kate.

  • Hi Kate, Thanks for your visit, I’m pleased to see you are still drawing, I love the beach scene, our Eldest GS goes to art classes after school so I always get given a few of his projects.
    we’ve tried to grow red and white cutrrants and Gooseberry bushes but they failed, jsut too hot and dry we think.
    Have a great week, Jan S

  • Lovely redbud blossoms. Wish we had some. Most the trees in our front are blossom trees – I love them.

    Very cool sketches by you and your daughter. Very well done beach scene – I want to try that.

    I am not a fan of Chamomile but maybe with other flavors mixed in I would.

    Happy T-day and hugz

  • How wonderful that you can do art together with your daughter. She will remember that when she is an adult.
    Your little ‘stick’ people are great. What a fun technique.
    Happy belated T-Day,

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