Saturday, August 10, 2013

Commuter Art

Some of you may know that I recently started a new job. I'm super excited about it!

At the same time, transitioning to a full-time schedule is difficult. My primary concern is "When will I have time to paint?" I actually thought about trying to paint in the car! (I'm carpooling, not driving :-)

That's very impractical, but I can draw in the car. So I bought a sketchbook, and put it in a bag with a few pencils and a kneaded eraser. My idea was to take a picture with my phone, and use that for reference.

So far it's working out. It serves two purposes: I get some art time, and I'm too busy to tell my husband how to drive. It's a win-win.

I can't see much detail drawing from my phone, which is probably good—I can't get too tight with it. I hope my drawing skills will improve over time—I don't really have any technique. I can draft a scene pretty well, but without any particular style. Also there's an element of randomness, introduced by bumps and potholes, that makes my car sketches more dynamic than my usual work!

I plan to develop one of them into a painting each week. So if all goes well, next Monday you'll see the first Commuter Painting.

Aug 5
About 2 miles into the drive; a rural road.

Aug 6
This is a very lovely person who doesn't deserve
to be inaccurately depicted in such a lousy drawing.
I really need to work on my portraiture skills.

Aug 8 (I skipped Wednesday)
Corner of Edenton and McDowell. I like the traffic lights going out of frame.

Aug 9
Dawson and Lane. There's a restaurant or whatnot with some palm trees.


  1. That's a great idea! I don't see a painting here yet so I'm guessing you were too busy the first week to fit it in but I hope you can manage it most weeks. The words Dawson and Lane caught my eye because my maiden name is Dawson and my parents and a sibling live on Dawson Lane so I see that road sign often.

    1. I did do a painting, but was too busy with the blog carnival to do anything with it. Next week!

  2. I wish I could do something like that (whilst travelling) but I am the only one who drives ugh... Great idea Marla!

    1. I keep saying, "If people text while driving, why not paint?" JK, don't try it!


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