Last time I did a ‘Recent Sketches’ update I discussed how I got a new dose of inspiration sketching back home after my Hunter trip. This was due to my experimentation with coloured pencils and watercolour and so even though I was sketching the same scenes over and over they felt new and fresh.
However, after three weeks of inspiration, I suddenly started feeling a bit bored with my local Village Green.
But did that stop me from sketching?
No! not at all!
There are two main reasons why I still sketch every day even though I’m not feeling inspired…
1. I have linked a few habits together.
So whenever I go out for a coffee I sit in the sun as I drink it and while I’m doing that I sketch! The three things are tied together and so the sketching just happens. (Of course if it’s a rainy day I have to adjust the ‘sitting in the sun’ part and find a sheltered spot to sit.)
2. I love the act of sketching out on location.
It really doesn’t matter what I’m sketching, I just love feeling edges as I draw and playing with colour (whether that’s coloured pencil or watercolour) on my page. There is also something special about being outside with my sketchbook – being in my own little bubble while the world goes past me – that really gets my creative juices pumping. I suppose it’s similar to the way that white noise can improve focus and productivity.
I could share more about why it’s beneficial to sketch the same scene/s repeatedly but for today I just want to share my two motivations for pushing through any feeling of boredom. And this makes me think of a favourite quote from Charles Hawthorne:
“Anything under the sun is beautiful if you have the vision—it is the seeing of the thing that makes it so. The world is waiting for people with vision – it is not interested in mere pictures.
We must teach ourselves to see the beauty of the ugly, to see the beauty of the commonplace. It is so much greater to make much out of little than to make little out of much—better to make a big thing out of a little subject than to make a little thing out of a big one.”
Ah! those words are inspiring! I don’t need to be constantly travelling to new interesting places to create beautiful art – I just need vision!
So with that lofty thought, here are my everyday pages…
Tired after the first livestream as part of the Live Version of the Watercolour course so all I could manage was a simple sketch of two chimneys. On the right, I was trying to put together a set of Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils. More about this in the future.
Fun zoom catchup with my friend Frannie – hearing all about a recent USK France event.
After a few days of feeling ‘blah’ about sketching the Village Green I got excited again. And that was because using CPs helped me see some shapes in a different way and I also enjoyed adding a few blocky figures to the sketch.
A week or so ago, the new cafe Olea on the Village Green opened. I had a coffee there during its first week (sitting on its terrace) but had been waiting for an overcast/rainy day before having my morning coffee inside. In the end, I didn’t bother waiting! It has a really gorgeous interior that will be a nice challenge to master. This first sketch was simply an exercise in exploring the elements.
A big ink spill changed the character of this page! It was fun to try and cover some of it up!
And just like that, another sketchbook is completed (in a little under 3 weeks!) The boredom experience at the start of the book has now disappeared!
What about you…
Do you only sketch when you feel inspired to do so? Or do you sketch even when you are feeling a little bored and uninspired?
I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.
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