I'm still going out with my sketching group every Tues, and we are still being forced indoors until it warms up. We have found some great places though. The first set is from Monticello antique mall. It has a spacious coffee house in it and plenty of items to sketch. The second set is from Portland Nursery which has a big room of blooming plants and a little glimpse of spring.
I've noticed during the last two sketch sessions that my first drawing feels stiff but in the second one I flow with the object much more. I don't think the difference shows up much in my finished sketches, but I know that state of flow is something I want to aim for more.
The first drawing:And the second:
And on nursery day, the first drawing:
Carol Marine posts a painting every day, rarely missing a day. When she occasionally goes away for a few days, she says she has to learn to paint all over again after that small break. She's been painting for years, so it's a little discouraging to find how quickly it disappears. Maybe if I sketched everyday I'd be able to reach that flow state more often, but that's probably not going to happen.