Drawing is the basis for all painting. If you can't draw, it's hard to paint. Everyone who aspires to be a good painter needs to know how to draw. The best way to learn to draw besides reading all you can find on technique, is to do a drawing a day. Get yourself a sketch journal. Take it with you. Find something in the day that you might want to record on paper. Do a quick sketch or spend time to make it a work of art.
I like also to verbally record impressions in my journals. Like when I first went to Rome. I have a note beside a drawing "on the street: oranges, lemons, gas stations on the curb, recycling bins, trash, cafes, banco mat, palm trees, scooters, tiny cars, no speed limits." Or when I went to St. Peter's early in the morning for Mass in the crypt. I wrote: "Sense of God's prescense overwhelming emotions at visiting JPII grave. How quiet in the early morning."
So pick up a sketch journal at the store or if you have a spare small sketch book, take it with you on your next outting or keep it handy to do a sketch a day. It's great fun.~~Joann Y Wheeler, http://jywheeler.etsy.com/