Sketching and painting are ways to become more present to a place. It focuses your attention. However, even then, you’re present from a visual standpoint. Are you really present? You may be more present than if you were talking on your cell phone or reading a book. But, are you smelling the place, are you feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, are you tasting the air?
Last weekend, I spent some time on the central coast of California. There are so many beautiful things to see and experience. I took some time to do this sketch after beachcoming for a while. What I realize in looking at this drawing is that although it helps me to represence the place, but still, something seems to be missing.
Perhaps taking one’s presence to a broader range of senses can further improve your art. If you’ve found that your art has improved as a result of broadening your senses, you are invited to comment on this post. Would love to hear your experiences.