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Montreal Insectarium

April 24, 2018

We need only look at nature to be inspired by its infinite variety.

I love to paint creatures, big or small.

You have to know, you can’t really beat the universe at its own game. Just look at this!

Still, it’s fun to try :) And you learn something from every attempt.

These sketches are making me say this – I think you don’t need an art school or a teacher. You just need to get out and experience what life has to show you. Look at how far I’ve come in eight years since sketching the Insectarium.

The doing is more important than the having done, and the journey is the goal itself.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2018 10:04 AM

    Reblogged this on Tribalmystic stories and commented:
    Inspired by the insect world – Citizen Sketcher.

  2. April 24, 2018 10:04 AM

    LOVED your sketches and wonderful prompt: “The doing is more important than the having done, and the journey is the goal itself.” I’ve shared that inspiring thought (with full tribute to the author!) on my Facebook page.

  3. April 24, 2018 10:05 AM

    I love it. Reblogged in Tribalmystic blog. Thank you.

  4. Jason Mullins permalink
    April 24, 2018 10:15 AM

    Wonderful stuff Mr. Holmes!

  5. Lynn permalink
    April 24, 2018 10:20 AM

    What wonderful thoughts to be quoted again & again!

  6. April 24, 2018 10:36 AM

    A wonderful collection which we saw when we visited the Montreal Botanic Gardens.

  7. April 24, 2018 10:50 AM

    Spectacular. I love both current and past!

    I think you are spot on with your comment of “I think you don’t need an art school or a teacher. You just need to get out and experience what life has to show you”.

  8. Lou permalink
    April 24, 2018 11:17 AM

    Juste un simple mot: SUPERBE !

  9. Estelle DeRidder permalink
    April 24, 2018 11:41 AM

    You continue to be a great inspiration, Marc – thank you for sharing yourself so open- and honestly. . . . a mentor, an leader, a friend – no, two friends, thanks to Laurel also.

  10. Paul permalink
    April 24, 2018 1:17 PM

    Very Spectacular, Simple and Beautiful at the same time

  11. April 24, 2018 1:27 PM

    Beautiful paintings, as usual!

    With respect to whether one needs an art school or teacher, it really depends on personal goals. Few people could get to your level of insight without a super-natural gift that was displayed immediately after receiving a watercolor paint box, or years of creative expression. Everyone else has to learn. This can be accomplished by following someone that is accomplished, taking a class, reading a book on the subject, watching a video, taking part in group process (like the Urban Sketchers), or being driven to a level of artistic communications in which one takes pride.

    Art schools and formal classes do help, of course, whether in universities or presented by instructors one admires.

    Most important is finding one’s own interests and feeling a desire to express it through drawings, writing, and other artistic endeavors.

  12. April 24, 2018 1:41 PM

    What a wonderful pearl of wisdom Marc! Love this! “The doing is more important than the having done, and the journey is the goal itself.” Just keep painting 🎨 🎉

  13. April 24, 2018 5:15 PM

    “These sketches are making me say this – I think you don’t need an art school or a teacher. You just need to get out and experience what life has to show you. Look at how far I’ve come in eight years since sketching the Insectarium.” <– Love this. I've been posting drawings for just a few months on my Instagram (and more recently on WordPress) and already started to sell some work – and I've rediscovered my love for creating stuff. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Tricia permalink
    April 24, 2018 9:03 PM

    Absolutely stunning!

  15. MarySusan Farmer permalink
    April 24, 2018 9:09 PM

    Love the bugs! Your closing comment about “the doing being more important than the having done” is right-on. I learned this from my Life Drawing instructor at Illinois State back in the day. She told us, “The process is more important than the product.” My mantra while learning the rudiments of watercolor came from a one-day workshop’s excellent painter/ instructor, Roger King: “You can ‘rules’ yourself to death”. I just keep on learning by doing!

  16. Rita Cleary permalink
    April 26, 2018 12:15 PM

    Tried to email you, Marc, but couldn’t find your address. I left a review of DIRECT WATERCOLOR on amazon. Read it cover to cover in two sittings, and will use your paintings and tips . Bonus: DW is a vicarious painting tour around the world. Really had a fun “trip”…

    • April 26, 2018 12:22 PM

      So glad to hear you had a great time on the world tour :) It really is remarkable what we were able to do with Urban Sketchers. I feel privileged to have had the chance to volunteer with them! Once our situation at home stabilizes, I wonder if we’ll get back to world traveling and painting? It might have been a once in a lifetime opportunity!

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