Monday’s Muse

I was cleaning up in my studio over the weekend and ran across a book of Modigliani’s work. I made the mistake of opening it and before you knew got out my sketch pad inspired by his work. So much for cleaning the rest of my studio!


I’ve been doing my daily sketches for quite awhile now, started off last year in my Moleskine but have switched over to the 9×12 Strathmore Visual Journal-100lb drawing paper. I like the larger size and the paper is wonderful for drawing.

I love the fluid bodies of Modigliani. They are so feminine and graceful. The discipline of sketching every day is just like exercising, flexing and using your muscles helps them to stay in shape. You can sketch anything, anywhere, so there’s really no excuse not to!

This was done a long time ago-I think it was a lesson in a drawing book maybe? I really should be better about dating/labeling. I have some sketches (thanks to my grandma who saved everything) from back in high school.  One of these days I think I might try to gather them all together into one portfolio so I can see the progress from then until now. I wish I’d had the foresight to keep all of them over the years. But, sketches can seem disposable a lot of the time I would sketch onto scraps of paper and not in a journal where it’s easy to keep them. Well there’s no going back to reclaim what’s lost but I can go forward and keep a better account.

8 responses

  1. dear pam,
    just yesterday i bought a modigliani book – great pictures and a bargain 🙂
    for the longest time i’ve been thinking i need to practise drawing in a favourite artist’s style and post the efforts on my blog….
    could i borrow your concept of a ‘monday muse’ – i’d give you the credit and link to your blog?
    i think it’s just the weekly discipline i need!
    btw as always your sketches are beautiful 🙂

    • By all means Claire-thank you so much for asking and I appreciate the linking:-)
      I talked about the discipline of daily sketching in an interview with Lesley Riley that will air on the 14th. I’ll post the link to it on that day so check back:-)

  2. I just experienced the same sort of thing over the weekend. Looking for something I kept stumbling over “lost art”….works that I had done sometime ago, collage treasures to use another day, and while looking through a book of paintings for inspiration…there was Madigliani! Some much for looking for what I had started out for!! (Actually I had forgotten about it in the meantime…)

  3. Pam – your sketches are so lovely! so far the only sketches I’ve done in my life have been with you for the journal 365! So – so far I only know how to shade with conte crayon! Is there a book or video that you would recommend if I wanted to learn more about shading and drawing? I won’t be THAT kind of an artist, but you’ve made me more interested in adding personal sketches to my journal, not just collage work! Thanks!

  4. These are beautiful, Pam. I discovered Modigliani on a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art a few years ago. Graceful is the perfect descriptive word!
    I think I will begin a new habit and sketch something everyday. Just as I now use my treadmill twice a day, I will add some creative fun to my “new improved me” list of things to do.

All comments are read and greatly appreciated!

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