When I first began learning to draw, I sat outside and patiently drew a couple of rocks sitting in a neighbor’s yard. I wanted to experience drawing from nature, but at that point, I wasn’t able to draw much. Even those two rocks were a bit daunting. Actually, they’re hardly recognizable as rocks.
That sketch was made in the summer of 2015, about three years ago. Recently as I stepped outside for a bit of nature sketching and wondered what I might draw that morning, I thought again about those rocks. Yes, I wanted to sketch them again.
These rocks still provided a bit of a challenge for me — even with my three years of drawing experience. The challenges were different. This time I struggled with how to create the grassy effect.
And then came that magnificent meditative state. I relaxed. I enjoyed the process of just making marks on the paper. Results became irrelevant. I just wanted to capture the experience, the thoughts, the feelings, the memories.
So, here’s my sketch of my rocks – revisited. You’ll see that there are more than just those original two rocks I drew in 2015. I guess you could say that my artistic vision has expanded now.
I suppose I’ll have to keep revisiting these rocks, drawing them again from time to time. It will be a pilgrimage of sorts in celebration of art and the incredible journey that began on that day when I said “I need to learn to draw.”
To all those who have been part of this journey, thank you! I’m glad to have each of you walking along beside me.