When I am teaching art to kids that have been taking classes for awhile (especially the teenagers) I tell them to find things to work on that are meaningful to them, something they care about or an idea that moves them. It gives what you do so much more meaning when there is love or passion behind it.
This is the view looking up towards the top of Assisi, from the Basilica of Saint Francis. It's from a photo I took my first evening in Assisi in 2008. Everything was magical including the clouds moving over the medieval city. It's fun drawing a place you love. It somehow brings you back ... connects you to that place. I began this pastel just before I returned to Assisi in May this year and finished it after returned, so I guess it feels like it has energy from both of my journeys to Assisi.
Assisi 2010 pastel on La Carte paper
Love has no desire but to fulfill itself.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
and give thanks
for another day of loving.
~ Kahlil Gibran