I really like this drawing by Picasso for the energy in his line. It crackles with intensity and vibrancy. It is also noteworthy for the way it catches a simple little piece of life and celebrates it with the making of this image.
Drawing remains an important way that artists take in visual information and enrich their visual vocabulary at the same time. Art making has more potency when the artist has a greater vocabulary. It just works that way for most of us. It is something like accumulating materials to build a house.
This summer I determined to draw more. I have a pile of sketch books in the corner of the dining room right now that are all in various stages of being filled. A couple of them have thick water color paper which works lovely for both water color and ink wash drawings. Some of the sketch books are small enough to go in my pocket and others are large and need to get tucked under my arm when I go out to draw. Pencil, charcoal and blending stumps, ink and brush, colored pencils... every different tool leads to a different kind of effect and different feeling in the finished work. I want to keep adventure in my life and I feel like drawing is one way I can do that.