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#FebSketch: Embracing Your Art

FebSketch Toolbox: Pencils

Intention: Remember the comfort and fun of shading, coloring, and blending.

01_Root: Unbeknownest to our eyes, there is a world of magic creating and inspiring.

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02_Place: Just keep swimming

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03_Music: Inspired by Ludovico Eunaidi's Elements album

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04_Light: Working on a scrap piece of black paper made the laterns and their reflections come more to life. Fun change of pace!

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05_Shadow: With Chinese New Year coming, I couldn't resist using the shadow of the monkey to show its mischievous side.

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06_Comfort: For 2015, I had to take comfort in resting. Not an easy task to accept. The quiet noises of everyday helped me take flight in the unknown and my imagination.

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07_Composition: At the San Francisco Asian Art Museam, the touring Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh and Other Western Artists exhibit provided today's inspiration. Japanese artists would intimately invite you into the foreground while allowing you to peek into the distance.

Benny the Betta says, "Hello!".

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08_Memory: Every spring, ladybugs would come visit our apartment, crawling the walls, books and windows. It made for a whimsical time as weather warmed. Sadly, our windows were replaced with screens, and it will be a quiet spring.

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09_Texture: With the recent loss of smell (which also means the loss of the ability to taste flavour profiles), my relationship to my love of food has changed. I find joy in the coolness of an ice cream scoop that is dotted with melty chunks of chocolate on top of a crunchy waffle cone.

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10_Time: There is nothing like losing oneself within a book.

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11_Perspective: Drew this from a top down photo of a beautiful laid out walkway in the Yuan Gardens, outside of Shanghai China. 

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12_Space: Negative space

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13_Open:

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14_Gift: Chocolate Chip!

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15_Balance: Yin & Yang

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16_Depth:

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17_Nurture: "The power of imagination is infinite." John Muir

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18_Past: The good and bad...let it go.

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19_Theme: From the items I collect to what inspires me to create, there is a touch of whimsy and unknown mixed within the realness of everyday.

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20_Precious: While drawing the succulent on my desk, a shadow fell across the paper. I tried to recreate the shadow with my pencils but it was nothing in comparison to the real thing.

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21_Dream:

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22_Fear Not being able to discover my purpose.

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23_Structure: A list brings some order to the day-to-day chaos.

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24_Detail: From a macro shot.

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25_Safe:

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26_Magic:

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27_Grow:

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28_Bliss: Drawn from an National Geographic instagram pic. The elephant looked so happy  in the water.

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29_Leap: Having a strong desire to draw mushrooms, I found inspiration from a quote from Alice in Wonderland: Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

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