Sketches of Life

For a long time I've done different documentations of my life. Whether by making a family scrapbook, through writing in a journal, art journaling (in which oftentimes the words get out on the page (and then painted over); and more recently I've taken up my sketchbook to document the ordinary things.  I love all of these outlets of creativity!

As I wrote in my last entry, one of my challenges was feeling that I couldn't draw.  To that end, I'd taken a six-week life drawing course at a local school…but didn't really feel it translated to real life.  I mean, who has hours and hours to sketch the same subject, in the same pose, same lighting, etc?  Not realistic!

I had purchased a couple of books over the years from author and artist, Danny Gregory.  Here is a link to his books on if you'd like to take a look.  They all strike a chord, but the one that really started it all for me was, 'Everyday Matters'.  It's about seeing the beauty in the every day things.  Documenting your life.  Noticing the details.

Since reading all these books, I was fortunate enough to start following his blog; and last Summer I discovered that he was leading a course just a few hours away for a weekend of sketching.  I didn't have a lot of ready cash, but the setup was such that you could choose a variety of accomodation.  I brought a little tent and camped!  Yes, me.

So worth it…

And so when I saw that there was another opportunity to take a workshop with Danny Gregory; albeit online this time…I saved up for it.  Take a look at Sketchbook Skool. It just started last weekend and already I'm loving it.  You can jump in now if you want!

My first 'assignment' was to sketch this little shoe.


As you may have seen on my blog or Facebook page, my 'little blondie' was recently injured at a school activity.  It was pretty bad.  She's healing. It's going to take some time.  And I'm greatful that it's just an ankle we're talking about.  It could have been so much worse!  But this little right shoe has seen better days.  When last worn, it had to be cut off by the paramedics.  I assured Courtney that all it needed was new laces.  Not unlike her; it would be back riding a bicycle and playing kick the can this Summer.

So I was inspired to sketch the little shoe and document its current state.


It was a cathartic exercise.  Courtney likes the drawing too.  It's time to get some new laces for the little right shoe.  I can't wait until it can go on the little right foot again.


  • Watercolor Moleskin journal
  • Marvy LePen technical drawing pen in black (.03, .05, 1.0)
  • Derwent Inktense Blocks (tangerine, willow bark, teal green, apple green, ink black)
  • Copic Sketch Markers (N2, N3, N4)
  • White Charcoal Pencil

I'm looking forward to getting out to do this more now that the weather is improving.  In fact, Courtney and I intend to find a place to sketch together this weekend.

Thanks for reading.

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