Posts Tagged ‘drawing-a-day’

Drawing Pears

Posted on: October 31st, 2015 by jmbroekman 4 Comments

Which turns out to be deceptively difficult to do.

Pears may not look like much, but capturing the twists and turns and bumps and crevices is definitely giving me a run for it. Today marks the halfway point in my 120 days/120 drawings project. Watching the trajectory of the work is starting to be interesting. So too, observing the season as it changes. In the beginning of this project (2 months ago), I picked up a bunch of sunflowers at the market, and spent a week or two drawing/painting them; then there was another batch of farmer’s market mystery flowers, which did not hold my attention in quite the same way as the sunflowers; and now there are the apples and pears falling from the trees on my once rural road.

Drawing on a daily basis has always been a form of meditation for me; I crave the quiet of paying attention to whatever is in front of me, whatever marks I happen to be making. And, I have often challenged myself to make a drawing a day. Usually, though I limit it as a requirement to one month at a time. I wondered, would longer than a month make it a habit to which I became addicted? It is definitely a habit, and I do feel the tug to get to it as if it is a necessity, though I also still feel a certain amount of pressure until I actually pick up the pencil. I had hoped it would get easier.

I have always secretly hoped that drawing in general would get easier. It’s never been something that comes naturally to me. I struggle to “get it right”. Still. I’m working hard on giving up on the idea of rightness.

I saw a quote someone posted on FB this morning that struck me: it was about making art in general, and how when he was young, Bruce Nauman, assumed that art was something he’d learn how to do and then do it. But then at some point he realized:

“Basically, I would have to start over every day and figure out what art was gonna be.”

Yup. Just like I have to figure out how to draw every time I pick up a tool.Some of the sunflower “drawings” are posted on my Instagram account. Yes, I finally broke down and signed up for yet another of those seemingly silly social network thing-a-ma-jigs. I resisted for a long time, but I must admit, it is kind of fun; and though it is easier to update than this blog, I think spending time thinking about what I do, and why, and sharing that with whomever is interested has it’s merits. So, I will continue to update in both places. If you have already signed up for Instagram, you can follow me: j.broekman. If you haven’t signed up, and you have a smart phone or a tablet, just download the app, and sign up. it’s a visual feast; or another time suck, depending on how you look at it.


Posted on: January 1st, 2015 by jmbroekman 2 Comments

As 2014 comes to a close, I mark the 10th anniversary of my mother’s passing and complete the last page of my current sketchbook. January brings me back to the drawing-a-day project with renewed energy, and some newly bound sketchbooks. Maybe this year I’ll find time to update my own website (operative word here is maybe).
Here’s hoping that your holiday season was bright and warm, and that 2015 will bring you good health and lots of laughter.

The Gloxinia (that rises again)

Posted on: July 27th, 2014 by jmbroekman




More than 25 years ago, a friend gave me this lovely little Gloxinia for my birthday. It is an amazing plant that blooms like crazy, and then completely dies all the way back to absolutely nothing. If I hadn’t warned our house sitters when we spent that extended period in Italy, it probably would’ve been tossed by them at some point. The remarkable thing is that while it blooms it literally changes every single day. It’s been great fodder for my daily drawing practice. And then, just as quickly as it springs back to life, it falls over. I guess I’ll have to move on to the Day Lilies.

June Watercolor Drawings

Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by jmbroekman 6 Comments


Happy New Year

Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by jmbroekman 2 Comments

It’s January again

That means, time to start another drawing a day extravaganza.This time, however, is proving challenging at best since I don’t have a studio in which to work. None-the-less, I’m doing my best. Turning my office desk into an everything desk. Really, it’s become more of a drawing table to some extent. Problem is, most of my tools are packed up, and I find myself constantly moving things here there and everywhere.

So the new year has my world turned a little bit upside down. Nothing like a little more chaos to distract me in my quest for moving through the world with more ease. I suspect 2014 will prove interesting in any case. Here’s hoping your year is off to a good start, and that you stay well, warm, and happy.