This past weekend was spent up North for the annual Goossen Cottage weekend. I took advantage of my family laying still on the dock, and practiced some drawing skills with some 5-10 min portrait sketches (and I loved it that my Mom and Dad were also sketching on the dock with me!).
Along with many others, I have found portrait drawing very intimidating... but have found it very helpful to focus on negative shapes and line relationships. It's also very important to keep in mind that the goal of drawing and sketching shouldn't be to produce a photo on paper... you are creating a personal impression.
I live in Southern Ontario on a farm with my husband, Dennis, and our two daughters. Painting out of my studio on our farm allows me to stay close to my family and to be surrounded by the natural landscape that continues to influence my work.