I love to sketch, which is a whole different ballgame than painting, but drawing skills are the foundation for (representational) painting, so its very related. This is a sketch of Saint Patrick's Cathedral in NYC. I showed up with a 18x24" pad of paper and some charcoal. My initial thought was that the enormous space did not lend itself to fitting on any pad of paper, no matter how large. But, eventually it all came together. Drawing that ceiling - all those beautiful sweeping arches - the scale of the room, the exquisite architectural details, the grandeur of it all - inspiring and intimidating all at once. This is not for the faint of heart. But what a great exercise - try it! You will leave feeling like you're walking on air - or water!
Saint Patrick's Cathedral
18x24 Charcoal on Paper