Be it Art

A reflection about art and all its meanings

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The ‘Pocket Studio’

The best way to practice our skills and stay inspired is to take our studio with us!  This means finding creative solutions to carrying our art supplies with us wherever we go.  It seems I always have drawing pencils and erasers tucked into my pockets, my purse, and even in the drink holder of my car.

A while back I found a small, wooden box at a craft supply store that was just the right size for carrying a handful of pencils, paint brushes, paints tubes and pens along with a small size sketch book. The wooden box is small enough to carry in a larger size purse so it travels with me on a daily basis.

Another idea I have is to sew a cloth strip about 12 inches long and 8 inches wide with two string ties. Pencils and such can be rolled up in the strip and the ties can hold it closed.

A simple school pencil pouch dedicated to your supplies would work as well.  I have seen large cloth or plastic pouches at office supply stores that could hold a small sketch book as well.

Think of all the little stretches of 10 minutes you may have during the day. It only takes a few minutes to record your thoughts, sketch a new idea for a larger piece of work, or capture something beautiful that catches your eye. The point is to keep drawing and sketching to keep the creative forces flowing…

So if this interests you, I encourage you to find a way to make a ‘pocket studio’.


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Welcome to my art blogging site, Be It Art, where I’ll share with you my thoughts about ‘all things art’.

In the posts to come, I will discuss art topics like basic printmaking, setting up a studio, the importance of keeping a sketchbook and journal, drawing exercises, photography as a way of seeing………

I hope to share my passion for teaching art to kids and why I think it is so important……

How about some book reviews?  I’m always looking for an art book, whether about technique, projects, art theory or about an interesting artist….I’ll share what I have read.

I’ll share with you my artwork as I continue to practice as a studio artist in mediums from clay to printmaking, to cast glass to simple drawings in a sketchbook……

To all who love ‘all things art’ ……….

Jennifer Mally