of the most freeing things for me is Life Drawing. It's like exercise,
an opportunity to shut off the brain for awhile and enjoy a more intuitive
way of looking at things. When I draw from life, I try to make as
direct a connection between my eye and my wrist as I can.
I like to use Conte sticks (to keep me from being detail-focussed),
but lately I've been using charcoal pencils such as Ritmo. Check out
my good friend & colleague Ron
Lemen's page. He's the real master.