First Thing in the Morning

My Monday mornings are really nice now with the latest change in my work schedule. I get to start on art first thing in the morning.

Lots of wisdom from is all about accomplishing your most important tasks in the day first and when your energy is at it’s highest. Doing art first thing in the morning, 5:00am, is when my energy is at it’s highest and I’m ready for some deep focus.

Right after making tea, feeding cats, Carpe Diem journal practice, meditation and a 20 minute walk in the cool air.

Yoda Drawing

I’m working hard to get the texture of Yoda’s robe to look right. After seeing it here I really need to add much more rough texture. His robe is more like a sweater than a smooth fabric.

Yoda drawing in graphite

Previous Yoda Drawing Posts

Warm-up and DrawABox exercises

I used graphite with my warm-up. It glides over the page in a very pleasant fashion. I also moved the flower circle just to try something new.


The current exercise I’m on is called Rough Perspective. I love this exercise as it really tests my ability to draw confident and straight lines while providing great feedback as soon as I’m finished.

draw a box exercise

One Minute Gestures

I feel as though I draw better gestures when I keep them smaller, I’m not sure why. Maybe I can judge distances better, see the whole drawn figure easier or the smaller drawing doesn’t show all my errors as much. Regardless I can’t always draw small figures I need to practice at any size and be as versatile as I can.

Daily Composition and Daily Sketch

I took a bit longer on my daily sketch and drew my art shelf full of books and supplies.

The daily composition is from the marine park. We were exercising under this tree when I noticed that everyone walking buy was stuck in their phones. The view from where we were exercising is amazing! Why are you in your phones?!?

daily composition and sketch

What went well?

Art first thing in the morning on Monday!

What needs work?

Patience, patience, patience.

What did I learn?

Comparing the way I hold a paint brush and how I hold a pencil are completely different. So I’m beginning to hold my pencil much differently now to prepare my dexterity for a brush.


  1. People sticking their noses in their phones is definitely one of the most common pose I see in the park, sadly. I am loving the brush pen drawings and your daily compositions are looking great!

  2. I think there was a Pokemon hotspot near us, but it does remind me why I stopped playing Pokemon Go. We weren’t EXPERIENCING nature, we were just IN it, and that’s not exactly the same thing… You may get the Vitamin D required by being outside, but you aren’t receiving the FULL benefits of being outdoors– the benefit of breathing in the fresh air, the benefit of appreciating nature, doubling the benefits of exercise by being outdoors. It is an epidemic, where we’re turning into Zombie sea squirts.
    But I agree with Kath, those brush pen drawings are really good.

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