Around this time last year

I had gone to the National Gallery of Art and made a quick drawing with oil pastel in front of Cezanne’s “Peppermint Bottle” and had drawn a detail of two of its apples.  And reencountering Cezanne with crayons in my hand led me to make a vigorous drawing of my own household apples.  Remembering that event (one great virtue of keeping a journal or a blog lies in its power to bring the past back before your eyes), I feel once again that keen desire to make a bold study of some ordinary thing.

Draw apples, or anything ordinary.  Draw your shoes.  Lay some clothes on the bed and make a study of them.  Open the cabinets and draw your china.  It doesn’t matter what it is.  Simply study the visible world.