Drawing a Day Challenge: Day #23

I had a real hard time concentrating on this drawing.

We’re planning on putting our house on the market within the next year, and I got bit by the decluttering bug. The more I think about moving, the less I want to pack everything up! It’s amazing how much things we’ve accumulated, and even though I’ve gone through our home many many times, I want to get rid of EVERYTHING.

I tried to go to my office and ignore everything, but just knowing that the cluttered unfinished basement was on the other side of my office wall was still so distracting. I ended up organizing my studio, and that was enough for me to be able to draw in peace…

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Title: The River

Medium: Graphite pencil on acid free paper

Size: 5×7

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I was inspired to do this drawing a few weeks ago. I don’t remember where we were going, but we were driving down the road and we passed a beautiful stream. I didn’t think I’d have enough attention span to actually draw the stream we passed, so I chose a nice river running through a field instead.

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With the exception of having the attention span of a squirrel, this drawing was pretty straight forward and easy! It’s hard to know if it’s just easy because I’ve been doing it so much, or because it really was an easy drawing.

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I did have a bit of a hard time getting a good contrast between the darks and lights, though. If I pushed the landscape too dark, the water looked like ice, but if I made the water darker, it looked muddy. It was a no-win situation, so I left it like this before I ruined the whole thing 😉

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The original drawing is available in my Etsy store here. Prints will be available soon, and I may come up with another assorted landscape note card set, featuring this piece 🙂

Missed any days in this challenge? You can get caught up here!

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