Ok, so 7 months have gone by since my last post. It's not like I haven't been living an artful life. I guess that I'd rather make the art than talk about it. I've taken several on-line classes this year, and learned from all of them.
Mary Ann Moss's Sketchbookery class got me going with sketchbooks this year. I just finished my second one yesterday. MAM is of the school, sketch with pen, full speed ahead, have fun with it. I made my second sketchbook, following her instructions and had a lot of fun with it.
Carla Sonheim's CATS! was the next short class. Fun to fool around drawing real and imaginary cats.
Jane LaFazio's journaling class was the latest. She's an instructor who advises to lightly sketch in pencil, go over your work in pencil, then a third time in pen, all the time looking at your subject. Much more realistic drawings came about as a result. I also learned more about mixing and blending colors.
I have other classes lined up and will post what I learn from them. For now, some photos of some of what I've drawn and painted.