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“If it weren’t for the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song. ” – Carl Perkins

When people tell me I’m a good drawer, I correct them and say that I’m a good looker. You see, one can draw anything if they are willing to look at it long enough.

Getting into the mindset where one is able to really focus on looking is no small challenge. Staying there is darn near impossible. This month we give it a try.

One Monday morning at work, Natalie Schaefer surprised me with a small hand-stitched book of various beautiful drawings made of a pair of Lake Superior agates. This month’s assignment goes out to Natalie. Thanks for the inspiration.

We pass by or tread on hundreds of rocks every day. So many, in fact that it is nearly overwhelming. Find just one rock this month that you would like to draw. Place it on a white piece of paper. And look at it for a while.

When you’re ready, start drawing. Colored pencils work great for this type of assignment, but don’t limit yourself. A bit of watercolor can go a long way as well.

Bring your rock and drawing to your local October bart happy hour.

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