Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Every Day Matters

Not long after I did this quick sketch yesterday I read the Everyday Matters drawing challenge for this week, #266, to draw someone or something that you cherish. Even though it has been some time since I have done an Everyday Matters drawing challenge, and even longer since I posted one here, I felt that this challenge was especially important. You see, it was just a few days ago that I learned of the tragic loss of Patti Gregory, wife of Danny Gregory and mom to Jack. Danny Gregory, artist and writer, and inspiration for the Everyday Matters online drawing group, has touched so many lives. Our Everyday Matters group feels like an extended family, connected through cyber-space by our dedication to creativity. We are all deeply saddened by this loss in our community.

When I stumbled upon the Everyday Matters drawing group I knew I had found something special. And it was just what I needed at the time. I gained inspiration to practice my rusty drawing skills and with tons of encouragement from the group the confidence to continue with drawing. After reading Danny's books I knew I had no excuse not to take my art back into my life. So it seems fitting to acknowledge that every day does matter with a reminder of what it is I cherish. Drawing, making art, is important to me. Practicing those drawing skills is essential for my continued growth as an artist. Danny Gregory's influence, along with the Everyday Matters groups' encouragement, is a huge reason I got back onto this artist path. And my daughter, just like life and in art, as Danny Gregory's quote on my side bar says, is always changing, moving ahead, never in the same place for more than a moment, and our time together, is precious to me beyond measure.

Now, go make a drawing of someone or something that you cherish.

14 comments:

PAMO said...

What a lovely tribute to Danny and his family.

marancat said...

Ann, what a wonderful post. You express so well the sentiments of so many.
I do love your watercolour sketches - and I so agree with the quote you have added to this one.

Gillian said...

A lovely, delicate portrait, Ann.

I too was saddened to hear of Danny's loss. He inspired me to take up sketching and I'll be forever grateful. x

AutumnLeaves said...

Your words have so touched me this morning, Ann. I have been wanting to get involved in the EDM group and even signed up. I've never been able to figure out how to maneuver around there though, or how to find those daily challenges. I guess I just need to sit still for a few minutes and figure it out. I am so sorry to hear of Danny's loss; I can only imagine how he and his family is feeling. Thank you for this touching tribute.

. said...

This is such a lovely drawing and post, beautiful tribute to her and to her family.

Mari

Barbara Weeks said...

Perfect post - well said.

freebird said...

What a wonderful coincidence and tribute to your daughter and especially to Danny.

Here is another little coincidence. The word verification for my comment is: cries.

donna said...

This is a moving sketch and a moving tribute.

Alex said...

This is a touching post Ann. I am sure somewhere somehow she's able to feel all these warmth generated from the hearts like yourself.

nanke's stuff said...

What a lovely drawing and a lovely tribute to someone who was cherished and loved by many. Thank you. nancy

Spinneretta said...

Well said, and a lovely sketch :)

Kim said...

Sad - the look, the feel, the sentiment. Loss. You've captured it well here.

raena said...

I rarely do the challenges either, but this does seem like an important one for our group. We all owe Danny our gratitude for this group and hate to see him suffer.

Krista said...

A very moving post, Ann. It's nice to hear how Danny Gregory has affected so many people's lives and their art as well.

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