Day 4 – A Day of Rest

NOTE: This post was written and scheduled in late April — before the storm that caused flooding in the studio. It’s nice to look back to that time as I’m in the midst of cleaning and re-organizing things.

Today is a “take-it-easy” day for me in many ways. I’ve done a lot of art recently, completing all of the Sketchbook Revival workshops, putting together several hand-made journals, and keeping up with my daily oil painting practice as I work my way through my 100-day project. I’ve learned nature journaling and I love it. I’ve also started pursuing my long-standing interest in fashion illustration, and yes, I’m loving that, too.

Later today my granddaughter Kayla will be coming over for a studio “play-day”. She’ll be making a journal/sketchbook for herself, and maybe we’ll play with a bit of clay, or maybe we’ll indulge in one of my latest passions — making my own body butters and lotions.

I’ve straightened up the studio a bit, completed my oil painting project for the day, and I’ve also had a bit of fun playing with my book of surrealist games. Time for a breather, time for a break, time to just rest up a bit and enjoy a quiet morning.

Well, almost, but not quite. I’m having so much fun with fashion illustration I couldn’t resist opening my design book — Master Fashion Sketching in 9 Days — and seeing what more I could learn today. At the same time, I was wondering if I really wanted to push myself. Maybe it would be better to just have a day of rest instead.

I was very pleased when I looked at the material for Day 4. It’s all about putting things together — those things I’ve been learning in Days 1, 2, and 3. It’s much like a review day, a good time to look back at the fundamentals of torsos, legs, arms, and hands, and just have fun doing a bit of fashion figure sketching.

I played with drawing torsos and had fun adding arms. I played with different poses, attaching arms akimbo and legs in different stances. I put high heels on the feet of my figures, and I had a great time doing it all. No pushing. Just a quiet, relaxing day of fashion figure drawing. Perfect!

Art is fun. It’s fascinating. It’s an endless array of possibilities stretching out to infinity! There is always something new to learn, always something more to do, so it’s good to remember how much we need an occasional day of rest. It is truly a part of the program.

I hope you’re having a beautiful day, whether you’re working or resting. Just be sure to make time for both!




    1. Nature journaling involves spending time in nature, looking at birds, plants, flowers — anything — and noting it in a journal, along with visual images and written words. I have a post coming up about it. I made a special journal for “Earth Day” in April and have been using it to record things… like the gray dove that perched in our apple tree and insistent cooed for a mate. She ignored him, but it was fun to watch and listen. 🙂

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      1. I’ve been spending more time in nature lately. Maybe, I should try it. I’ve had “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady” on my reading list for some time. I think that would be like this and enjoyable to see and read.

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      2. Looks like it’s a bit on the pricey side. 😦 I was thinking about ordering some “Vintage Garden Ephemera” that came up while I was browsing. But, then again, I can probably find all I need at the Graphics Fairy. There are just so many tempting things to add to the art studio!

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