SHARKS, WHALES & OTHER SEA CREATURES – SUMI INK SKETCHES – Sometimes an artist is asked “How do I find inspiration to paint?” My first answer is to have a dedicated sacred space to paint and my second answer is to carefully cultivate your inspiration. Recently I have been painting horses and went to the library to see if they had any horse photo books to inspire my art. (They didn’t.) While I was browsing I spotted this book “Draw 50 Sharks, Whales & Other Sea Creatures” by Lee J. Ames with Warren Budd. I thought the book was fun and set a goal to do paintings of all the sea creatures in the book that I liked. The due date of the library book was my deadline and of course, I waited to start 4 days before the due date! I spent about 7 hours over a 3-day period creating these sketches using Japanese brush painting and Sumi ink. Then I took my Zig calligraphy pen and Micron pen and wrote the marine name and the length of it on the sketches. I now have a sort of reference chart for any of this marine life I might want to paint and I created a “muscle memory” of painting these creatures because of this project. Note: I used to do this when I couldn’t afford to buy a book and really wanted to keep the subject. Oh, and my final advice to any artist is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. Creating a project like this does just that. Just paint.