One of my big goals this summer is to make a habit of drawing something every day. I know that the practice will improve that skill and give me so much more range as a painter. Three days ago I got going and drew a cup and saucer from life, and yesterday I drew this Frangipani flower from a photograph. Sometimes I found it easier to keep turning the picture 90 degrees - I find it easier to judge a curve against the vertical than the horizontal for some reason. I'm pretty pleased with this and (if approved) it will be on the cover of my sister's wedding invitation.
A quick detour - the above scan is my 'reward' chart that I made to encourage myself in forming my new drawing habit. I'm trying to emphasize visually to myself how every action I take to improve a skill or make connections will help build my 'castle'. Hey, it works for the kids! I made one for my daughter but she started filling hers in from the turrets. Guess I should have started with turrets in the air and built down to the ground too!