- I still have lots of scenes to sketch and haven’t even done a watercolour sketch for each of the 30-something picnic areas in the park.
- I’m still enjoying using two sketches and my Greenwood Journal is playing an important role in exploring new views during my walks
- I’m still obsessed with looking at the trees and trying to identify them.
But there are a few challenges that I’m starting to have to deal with:
- The weather is warming up and I’m not sure how best to handle hot days. Last week there were two days around 30C and I soon realised that I will need to seek out picnic tables with a roof so that I can have some solid shade to sit in. I’m also considering changing the time of the day to later in the afternoon so that I’m not there in the heat of the day. Morning would be better but the park doesn’t open until 9 am, so it wouldn’t fit within my schedule.
- I have had one day when I didn’t feel like going… but as it’s now such a habit and an in-grained daily routine I went anyway without thinking about it. It was only when I started my Alpha sketch that I felt a lack of motivation. But I’m glad that I still sketched regardless.
- I’m doing the same thing (technique and media) over and over. This is not necessarily a bad thing as I don’t have to think too hard on the days when I’m really busy. I don’t know about you, but often the barrier to getting a sketch done is mental – and if I don’t have to think too hard about what to sketch or how to sketch it, it’s much easier to start!
A number of people left some interesting comments last week (related to this article) and a common theme of struggling to maintain a regular sketching habit emerged. Personally, I find that building a routine is critical during my day-to-day life so that sketching just becomes part of my day no matter how busy I am. Previously my daily sketches were tied to getting a takeaway coffee after lunch – now it’s jumping in my car and going to Lane Cove park. It’s all about building a daily habit and then the sketching will happen almost automatically.
Hmm, putting this article together has made me assess what I want to do next.
Here are a few ideas:
- experiment with different techniques
- start tracking more systematically the picnic areas I visit and sketch – maybe start a map locating all the areas and all the picnic tables
- start thinking more about composition and start designing my sketches more – at the moment I’m just sketching instinctively
- start sketching the river – I’ve been keeping this up my sleeve for later, but maybe the time has come to mix it up a little
I have more thoughts and ideas on this topic, but I’ll leave it for another occasion.
Here are my sketches from last week in the order I sketched them (marker sketch in my Greenwood during my walk and then watercolour sketch in my 8×10 Alpha nearby where I parked my car)
I’m trying to get to know some of the full-bark trees (in particular Sydney Peppermint and Rough-barked Apple) but it’s nearly impossible if I don’t find some leaves and gum nuts on the ground.
Friday Sketch 1: The hottest day to date (31C – so not really that hot!) and as I had already done a walk in the morning I decided to do two sketches from the one covered picnic table. Looking towards the carpark…
So that’s a little update about my daily bush sketching!
It seems that at the moment my watercolour (and ink and pencil) sketches in my Alpha are more focused on trees, while I tend to do bigger scenes in my Greenwood. In some respects, they are very repetitive, but for me, every sketch records an event and is a unique record of each day. And that’s what everyday sketching is all about!
I would love to hear from you (in the comment section below) if you have any thoughts about methods for sketching more regularly – what works for you? What struggles do you have? This is a topic I’d like to discuss more 🙂
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