Mission Statement

The Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists is an open and diverse group of artists, collectors and admirers who share a love for the practice and perpetuation of botanical art and illustration with a fond focus on plants in the Rocky Mountain Region.
We encourage and participate in educational outreach, juried and non-juried exhibits, lectures, workshops and regular chapter meetings. The RMSBA is proud to be the very first chapter affiliation of the international organization, the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Day 25 - A Drawing a Day

Drawing On the Masters
The very act of drawing an object, however badly, swiftly takes the drawer from a woolly sense of what the object looks like to a precise awareness of its component parts and particularities.
Alain de Botton
Black Bear Cubs, graphite on paper, Vanessa Martin. "Spent a few hours sketching today, these Black Bear cubs caught my attention.  Only downside was I parked myself unknowingly next to the button that when pushed by at least 100 children, made the horrible sound of a bear cub who lost its mother...it was pathetic.  Looking forward to my next sketching adventure...minus the sound effects. Thanks for letting me share." Vanessa
How About: Finding a drawing buddy. Having someone to plan with is great, because you'll be more likely to meet your commitments to yourself to draw, and you have the benefit of feedback and support from another artist.

I find having someone set exercises for me to do is really helpful, because I think it's hard for any artist to set themselves a task that doesn't already fit in their concept of what they want to do. Having a stranger lay out some plans encourages the artist to step outside their own art box once in awhile, to refresh and renew our desire to draw, draw, draw. Check this book out for some great exercises.
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