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sketch hunter

“The sketch hunter has delightful days of drifting about among people, in and out of the city, going anywhere, everywhere, stopping as long as s(he) likes – no need to reach any point, moving in any direction following the call of interests. S(he) moves through life as s(he) finds it, not passing negligently the things s(he) loves, but stopping to know them, and to note them down in the shorthand of his/her sketchbook, a box of oils with a few small panels, the fit of his/her pocket, or on his/her drawing pad. Like any hunter s(he) hits or misses, S(he) is looking for what s(he) loves, s(he) tries to capture it, It’s found anywhere, everywhere. Those who are not hunters do not see these things, the hunter is learning to see and to understand-to enjoy.”

The Art Spirit, Robert Henri

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The powerful tool of a sketchbook is essential in my design world; whatever ‘hat’ I may be wearing: architecture, drawing, teaching, creating or dreaming. The ‘book’ keeps me in the moment. There are days I search out that book from last year to gain that insight once again and how richly that insight lands in the creative process. The work can be simple, but essential and powerful.

A quick notation, a name, a feeling all working like sedimentary rock; building up and simply just remembering.

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  1. Beautiful sketches Anita! And the best quote I have ever read regarding the the purpose of sketching or plein air painting. Thanks!

    March 21, 2015
    • Thank you Al. Great book; interesting read. Old fashioned but to the point.

      March 22, 2015

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