Pencil Miles

black oakHave you ever seen a drawing demonstration and thought “wow, she sure does great stuff with that pen- if I had a pen like that…” Here is the truth. No tool is a shortcut. It is not the pen. It is not the paint set. It’s not the journal. It is not the pencil. It’s the pencil miles. It is time in the field, observing, wondering, and drawing.

You probably don’t need to buy more supplies to round out a kit for your journaling. You may have enough materials for a lifetime of journaling in the drawers of your desk right now. Put together a kit of your favorite things. Make it portable. Over time you will add or remove a few items from your kit but what those materials are is less important than what you do with them.

To honor this idea, I am shutting down my online store this weekend from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. I urge you not to go shopping or buy more stuff this weekend. Instead, go outside with your journal, encounter nature, and live your life.

6 thoughts on “Pencil Miles

  1. Barbara Winkle says:

    I so relate to what you said. I could easily open my own art supply store. Going to put together a portable kit and get outside today and get to know nature again . Thanks for the needed pep talk. 🙂 looking forward to purchasing your new book soon.

  2. Nanci says:

    “Pencil miles”…I love it!
    Sometimes it does feel easier to just buy more supplies, thinking “this” will be “the thing” that helps me draw better.
    Thanks for being a breath of fresh air…and encouraging us to get out and breathe that air outside!
    Thank you for taking the stand to shut down your store for the big sale weekend…It’s refreshing! And I’m sure you will be blessed in even bigger ways!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  3. Snow says:

    Love it! With super clear tuition and wise encouragement, you earn your spurs and show us the way! Deep looking .. Theaomai and practical follow through – thanks.

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