Back Home: The struggle to find time to sketch

July 3, 2017 | 1 Comment

Ah! it is the same every time! I arrive home from a big trip with the intention of doing more daily sketching, but life just seems to take over.

I’m thankful for my coffee sketch as at least it ensures I do something during the week days.

But of course, my pages are being filled slowly, day by day, so here is what I have done over the last two weeks:

Loving my current approach to sketching my coffee: doing a weekly spread.

Sketching the extremely mundane views of life: from the carpark.
Trying to get my head around the scale and complexity of the buildings in Chicago while fighting jetlag.

Starting to work on the prep for my USK Symposium workshop called “Lost and Found Structure.”

Yes, another one of those clothes planning sketches.

Trying to find some time for a little Frank Lloyd Wright reading (and sketching).
A messy page from a quick and distracted visit to a local cafe – including sketching a little boy’s pink monkey called Sally.

Three half size hot water bottles – fun!

This week’s coffee spread. Note: I love the different ways I can intepretate the colour and texture of the same cups.

Not much sketching during the week, so here is a B&W page.

Another attempt at the Audtorium Building  by Louis Sullivan. Take 3 is on the cards which you will see in the video below (which includes a few more pages!)
Please note: I will be sharing more about my workshop ideas and preparation soon!


Click here if you can’t see the embedded video.

So I haven’t been able to make to time to get out to do some sketching, but I am filling my pages and creating the record of my life at the moment.

So how about you? How has your sketching been going lately?
My blogging has been a little sparce in recent months, so I would love to catch up with what you have been up to lately.


1 Comment

  • Tina Koyama says:

    Can’t wait to see your teacup dress! 🙂

    All winter I did a simple still life (a single fruit) almost every day when I couldn’t sketch outdoors. But now, even though the weather is gorgeous, I find I still love doing a simple still life first thing in the morning (though not every day). Hopefully I’ll be able to sketch outdoors each day, but if I can’t, I feel good that at least I did the still life. Very similar to your daily teacups. It’s a ritual.

    – Tina

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