This year I have been somewhat surprised that I have struggled to find the time to do regular sketching for myself and in a measure have stopped recording my life in my sketchbook. I am doing so much sketching now for work – illustrations or preparation for teaching. All great fun but it is never the same as the stuff I just do for me. The life of a freelancer is quite different… work becomes play and play becomes work…and that clear distinction between the two has gone. I am trying to get the balance right.
So last week I decided that I would try to do a journal page a day. I have started writing my morning readings in my book again (always read every morning but often don’t write it in my book in ‘normal life’) Writing a verse out from the bible is certainly a great way to start the day and the act of writing helps me remember it more during the day – it also sets me up for doing a page a day! Some days I have suddenly realised at 10pm I hadn’t done the sketch for the day…but I am getting in the swing of it and like the challenge of thinking of something for each day that records a moment of that day.
I have gone on a colour diet – reducing to a triad of 3 paints (of course) and learning more about efficient mixing. I am not liking how dirty my yellow gets or my water but it is improving and I am having lots of fun.
The pages in full are below.