Posts Tagged ‘drawing’

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.

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.

Summer Solstice Flowers

Posted on: June 21st, 2013 by jmbroekman


More sketchbook drawings

Summer is officially here. While I mourn the reversal this solstice brings – days getting shorter (albeit slowly, thankfully), I do celebrate the extended warmer days of summer. The late afternoon light, which lingers until after 8:00 casts lovely long shadows across the fields around here. The flowers are blooming right on schedule. Iris’, peonies, evening primrose. The gardens are a riot of color. So welcome after the long grey winter! A few more drawings are on my FB page: JMBroekmanArtandDesign.


May Flowers

Posted on: May 30th, 2013 by jmbroekman 6 Comments




Sketchbook drawings

Spring is trying to arrive. The flowers are optimistic, but until today it has been feeling a lot like late winter. Evidently the sketchbook watercolor class found it’s way under my skin. I am still compelled by my new found skills with pen and watercolor. These are drawings I never would’ve imagined possible from my hand. So there you have it, never say never.

01 May 2013

Posted on: May 1st, 2013 by jmbroekman 2 Comments


April Drawings

April was, evidently, something of a blue month. To see the full, rather than the thumbnail version, of the drawings above, just click on them. Blue was definitely my color of choice. Now that May is here, let’s hope for some additional diversity in the paintbox. I am, again, embarking on a drawing-a-day. Stay tuned!