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What skill will you grow in 2015?

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I write and I want to draw and take photos. And write.

I’ve been trying to sketch lately. My son and I started a blog called Dumb Sketch December where we try to produce one sketch a day (inspired by OneDrawingDaily). I enjoy sketching more and more and I am less and less happy with the results. Unlike writing where I have a growing sense of being able to say what I need to say, sketching seems to have plateaued at capturing very little of real life.

I’m at the point where I don’t even know what I don’t even know.

My stapler rocks. My people don’t.

My stapler rocks. My people don’t.

Other kindly sketchers and drawists chime in with encouragements like “Keep going!” and “Huh.” Of course, I’m committed to the dumb sketch approach to life, and I can find a bit of joy in a well-capture shoulder, or when I drew something very similar to that woman’s posture or her pony-tail. I am increasingly drawn to the very black carbon laid down to hint at a clear edge. I’m trying to take lessons from Edward Hopper, though I think he would have given up on me long ago:

I think we can guess what fascinated Edward Hopper.

I think we can guess what fascinated Edward Hopper.

But all this to wonder aloud at skill-building. There is something about the intentional action—committed in public—that has a way of squeezing us forward. NaNoWriMo used that force, our more successful diets use that force, weddings are a celebration of the force of intentional actions publicly committed.

What skill do you want to grow in 2015?

How will you make it public so we all can take courage from your actions?


Kirk Livingston, Edward Hopper via The Walker Art Center

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