If you are like most people in America you’re at least mildly frustrated about our upcoming election. Well, I have discovered a great way to watch election coverage without all the frustration, it is called debate sketch.
Now I didn’t sketch the debate off the TV, I wasn’t remotely interested in doing portraits of the two candidates. But I did do a still life sketch in the main room of the Chilhowee Inn. Surprisingly, I was able to listen to the debate without getting overly frustrated. I figure that the calming effects of producing art offset the frustration normally felt with government in America.
And the best part about it is that, at least in this small Inn, the time during the debate created something positive. Now I’m thinking that I should be sketching any time I watch TV. We don’t own a TV, we got rid of that more than 10 years ago. But we do watch Netflix or streaming videos during and after dinner. Tonight, I will have my sketchbook ready to see if I can turn a normally unproductive hour into something productive.