Downed Tree sketch, graphite, aprox. 8.5" x 11", 2010
Sometimes, as an antidote to too many hours in the studio, I head outside for some drawing or painting. The challenges of such endeavors are well documented and I don't need to rehash them here. However, sitting outside, listening to birds, and doing what I love to do is one of the nicest experiences I can think of. Even if the work doesn't come out well (which is often), I ultimately feel happy about the experience. That is to say, I feel happy once the gloomy cloud of failure and self-doubt passes.