Abbie is a writer, a witch, a creatrix.

Sketchbook

I fell back in love with making visual art while I was in England last fall, but my skill level is way below my ambition. This is true of most things, but it feels especially true of drawing. When I was a little girl, you wouldn’t catch me without a sketchbook.

I love making things with my hands. I like the focus, how it brings me into a moment and makes me slow down and really *look* at something. 🌿 Coloring, sketching, knitting - it all helps me focus on my mind. Drawing something from a picture or a model is an exercise in mindfulness: look closer, be patient.

I don’t need to be the best. Hell, I don’t even need to be that good. It’s the satisfaction and peace of mind that comes from creating something that wasn’t there before.

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Wolfsbane (Aconitum napellus)

Wolfsbane (Aconitum napellus)

This is the first drawing in my herbal study series - my Materia Magica.

I am a bit frustrated with the color I’ve got here - at this point, I only had very basic colored pencils to work with. I need to begin experimenting with colored micron pens or with other media.

Furling 1

Furling 1

A lot of my sketchbook is botanical. I have a strong interest in herbalism, and taking the time to sit down with a plant and draw it, to pay attention to it so deeply, will help me to identify the plant in the wild.

I drew this in pencil first, then traced over that with micro pen. I still need to add the stippling.

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Lavender in colored pencil

Lavender in colored pencil

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Dog Skull

Dog Skull

This is the first real bone study that I’ve done. Inspired by Lana Crooks’ incredible attention to detail, and by my own love of the macabre, I will be doing more bone studies. Drawing bones will eventually help me to draw living creatures - understanding what’s underneath will help me to get the baseline structure for figures.