Practice Makes Art!

One day I sat down to spend some time practicing my graphite work and I was halfway through with this Cockle shell before I remembered to even stop and take a picture, which I like to do as I work so I can post it for you here.

I wasn't sure how well I would do on a shell as I had never drawn one before, but it was quite mesmerizing drawing all of those lines so closely together and really very enjoyable… 

Before I knew it, I had completed the shell and was ready to move on!

I chose to put it on a 5 x 7 piece of Arches hot pressed 140 lb watercolor paper so that I could frame it or make prints from it later.  I ended up framing it in a black frame with black matting and it became a birthday gift for a wonderful friend :)

Then I began to draw a Persimmon that has been on my art desk for almost a month.  Honestly, I’m surprised it held out so long - it certainly deserved to have it's portrait done!

As you can see, I wasn't sitting at my art desk - I wanted to enjoy a movie with my family so I brought my handy dandy drawing board out to my chair and stacked a couple of books at the end of it so I could pose my persimmon.  The light from the lamp next to me was enough to give it a shine and I was good to go.  I measured it out with my dividers and got to work.

This project was a little more time consuming than the cockle shell, so I gave myself a deadline of two days – and I reached my goal barely.  I wanted to do it just to encourage myself to speed up a little.  I was ready for the challenge.


I finished with a bit of pride over these two subjects – even though I know I could easily spend much more time on each one of them.  

I ended up using them for a study page that was kind of fun to do and I added a shiny small Hydrangea leaf. 

I completed all of these works using a 2H pencil overall and a 5B for the darker shadowed areas on the Persimmon.  I hope this post encourages you to grab a small item around your house, like an apple or a leaf from outside and get practicing - because, "Practice Makes Art!" If you are on Facebook and would like to join our "Practice Makes Art!" group CLICK HERE.  


“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault,
and it will be given to you.
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,
because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea,
blown and tossed by the wind.”
James 1:5-6