Drawing Challenge: Calm

The prompt was Calm, something a lot of us are seeking these days. In my search for calm, I went where I usually go when I’m seeking peace; I went for a walk in the woods.

With most of the green gone and the more vibrant trees bare, I could better appreciate the contributions of the stately brown oaks.

Trees 20151120

It was hard to capture in a photograph, but a steady wind that day kept the big brown leaves sailing down, one after another, twirling and floating and bobbing to the ground. It was so pleasant, lying on the crunchy brown leaves, watching the oak leaves drifting down.

I chose to draw a little pencil sketch of me there in the sun and the leaves. I have a hard time with self-portraits, so I thought it would be fun to get lost in the creative challenge for a bit, and center myself that way, too.

A few minutes in:

Drawing in Progress 20151120

And a few hours later:

Drawing Later in Progress 20151120

Still in progress, but this is as far as I’ve gotten. I’m finding the textures really challenging, the hair and the leaves below it.

The kids immediately knew it was me, which I take as a good sign.

One of the neat things about participating in NaBloPoMo is checking out the work of other (new to me) bloggers who are participating as well. One of my favorite discoveries is artist Veronica Roth. She’s hosting a drawing challenge this week, and I hope she doesn’t mind if I participate as well. Looking at the work of the others who’ve participated, I’m more than a bit intimidated. But you should go check out her blog, because her work is stunning.

About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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