The “The Art Spirit” by, Robert Henri belongs in every artist’s library. It was first published in 1923 and is still being printed today. I want to share a passage from the book with you.
“The sketch hunter has delightful days of drifting about among people, in and out of the city, going anywhere, everywhere, stopping as long as he likes-no need to reach any point, moving in any direction following the call of interest. He moves through life as he finds it, not passing negligently the things he loves, but stopping to know them, and to note them down in the shorthand of his sketchbook. Like any hunter he hits or misses. He is looking for what he loves, he tries to capture it. It’s found anywhere, everywhere. Those who are not hunters do not see these things. The hunter is learning to see and to understand-to enjoy.”
When I first read this book it stopped me in my tracks. The pages of the book speak deeply to me. The passion and emotion of all artists transcends time!
I have filled countless sketchbooks. I have travel a lot with my sketchbooks. I travel to teach, sketch, and explore. I want to see and understand my world. When I sketch I see, I understand. These books contain my life- joy, sorrow, achievements... and all that life has thrown me. I am a sketch hunter!