Yesterday I bumped into the delightful blog of Carla Sonheim. This is how it happened: I went hunting for something on Amazon. Amazon told me I should buy Carla's new book about drawing. I looked at it and quickly deemed the book something I wanted to add to my vast, vast collection of art-related books, so I bought it.
Then I looked up Carla to see if she had a blog, and of course she did.
Then I found this older post that said something like "draw cats on a bed." So I hit the hot link and found this post with all these wonderful little cat drawings.
Then I went outside and hacked at the overgrown rosebushes that were starting to look like Janis Joplin's hair. And the other bushes that I cannot identify that were starting to look like Lindsay Lohan after a really bad weekend.
Then I was too tired to take my sketchbook out into the world for some observational drawing, which had been the original plan. You know what they say about plans.
But I now get physically uncomfortable if I don't draw at least once a day.
Then I remembered Carla, who, as far as I can tell, is a big advocate of having fun with drawing. And I thought about her cats. And I thought, "There is no reason I can't just sit down with my large sketchbook here and do a page of silly drawings, like Carla with her cats."
I should've actually DRAWN cats, because cats give me difficulty. But when I sat down with my big sketchbook, thinking about what I wanted to draw an entire page of, my brain did a little leap and said, "Elephants!" (As you can see if you look here and here, I have enjoyed drawing elephants in the past.)
I dropped out the Moleskine cream-colored background here because I tire of it and often crave pure white. But I didn't bother with erasing the hue that comes through at the crease in the middle.
Anyway, today I will do some observational drawing. But yesterday I had fun with elephants, so thank you, Carla. And I can't wait to get your book.