Art by Jeff Knecht

One of the Residents of Oz Park

15 Jul 2009

I stopped on my way home from work this evening to sketch parts of this tree in Oz Park.

Oz Park was commissioned in honor of L. Frank Baum who wrote the Wizard of Oz , and also lived in the area at the end of the 19th century. It has statues of the Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Lion throughout the park, and is a nice place to go watch people play with their dogs.

This sketch was the result of some recent advice I offered to an aspriring sketcher who was trying to deal with a paralyzing case of fear of failure. One of those bits of advice was “set a timer for two minutes; go!”. It occurred to me that the same advice could also be used to overcome the ‘I don’t have time’ excuse that I like to use. So this is my two-minutes worth (well, actually, the line drawing was two minutes; adding the color was probably only another five or ten minutes after that).

There are plenty of things wrong with it. Certainly, the colors are completely wrong, because I didn’t have any paint with me at the time; so it was ‘get home, get out the paint, and fake it as best I could’. And that’s all fine. The point of this exercise was not to be realistic. It was just to keep the creative juices flowing.

I’ll tackle something a little more serious when I have more time. When I don’t have that kind of time, I have to make myself do more of these quickies. Sometimes quantity is just as valuable as quality.