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I wrote this a few weeks back, at the end of a long day that ended up with me feeling overwhelmed and anti-social. I’m an introvert in that I draw energy from being alone or in small groups. I can get through a regular work day, but if I have to add another group social obligation after that, I end up feeling pretty drained. It usually takes a strong dose of solo outdoor time to recover.
On my latest wander with camera in hand, I was most drawn to nature in all of its beautiful, textured detail. Prairie grasses waving in the wind, and groups of stumps arranged in interesting patterns — thought I’d share a few of the photos that I took that day.
This past week, I attended my first CCAE Conference. The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) has members from universities, colleges and institutes from across the country and focuses on people working within the areas of alumni relations, communications and marketing, fundraising (development), external relations and student recruitment.
Back in October 2012, I took a workshop called “Pencils Down” with Mark Baskinger and William Bardel. Ever since then, I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of sketching. I now regularly carry a sketchbook with me, along with some technical pens and markers and can be found sketching on the bus, at lunch, on my couch, during meetings, etc. Rather than fall back on my old drawing style that I went into college with (copying real items with the goal of matching as closely as possible), I’m drawing out of my head. This approach has resulted in a real mix in terms of quality, but has also turned out some creative pieces that I’m really pleased with. Regular practice has made me more patient, detailed and open… I can see an improvement and I’m hooked again. Feels good!