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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Sketch Your Surroundings

Looking at a blank piece of paper can be overwhelming when you’re not inspired. Rather than just sit around cleaning my palette or sharpening pencils, I’m much better off going outside with a sketchbook rather than a camera. I frequently use a sketchbook to record places I visit while traveling, but it works close to home as well.

I’ve wanted to paint our city hall for a long time but never could get exactly the right view. Although it faces a street, it’s not easy to set up an easel in the middle of the road in midafternoon when the shadows are best, and photographs taken from the sidewalk are distorted and cluttered with signs and autos. With a sketch, I can incorporate what I want and look around obstructions for hidden ...

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