The great thing about having a
messy well-accessorized desk is that there's always plenty of things on hand to draw.
I've had the book Drawing from the Mind, Painting from the Heart by Annette Carroll Compton for a while. Like everything, I start, get about 1/3 of the way in and get distracted by something else. I picked it up again and read through the actual preface and intro and am looking forward to doing the exercises. There are 12 chapters, with heart, mind, and mind-heart drawing or watercolor painting exercises.
See a preview of the book here (wow!, I'm amazed at how many pages are included with this preview!).
I'm going to try to do the exercises through the Fall, especially if I'm not able to stick with the strict schedule of taking an actual class (sigh). Anyone want to join me?
I'm also going to be browsing a bit, hunting for sketching excercises, to find better activities to help my students in my class, starting up in a couple of weeks. Where does the summer go? Rapid Viz is a classic I'll be taking another look at. Hopefully this will lead to more sketching and exploration, although Jane reminded me that she's hoping this doesn't mean I'll be drawing just spheres, cubes and cones.
Hope you guys have been doing well and staying cool out there.