Monday, July 17, 2017

what you see

There is only one true thing: instantly paint what you see. When you've got it, you've got it. When you haven't, you begin again. All the rest is humbug.

- Edouard Manet

My sketchbooks are full to bursting with instant drawings of what I see.

I recently visited the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC again.
My standard protocol for museum visits is to have my sketchbook poised with a pen and sketch as much and as often as I can. If I am alone, I will stand and stare and sketch until the gallery closes. If I am with a group of people, I will attempt to stay with them, but often fall behind lost in the depths of a Raphael or Rembrandt.