It’s six days before Thanksgiving, 2011. Now is the time people start reflecting on what they have accomplished so far. The day after Thanksgiving is what is called “Black Friday” and retail is in motion for all the shoppers who will start their Christmas shopping early. The year is almost over and there are some who have already left the mortal body and gone to the next phase of life while others will leave before the start of the new year. While reflecting today, I felt it was a time to go back to basics. Back to the beginning of drawing with just paper and pencil. Back to the beginning where you have to really shade with the pencil, hatch drawing for technique, lines are drawn deep onto the paper. Yes, back to the basics of drawing where one can reflect on being an artist. Back to the basics of art. Back to the beginning where it all started.