I’ve been continuing to fill my everyday sketchbook but stopped posting my pages here as it takes so long to scan and put these articles together. And although it’s important to me to have a digital record of my work, I’ve been wondering if there is enough interest to justify my time. But on Friday afternoon I decided it was time to do a massive catch up and it was indeed worthwhile for me to review all my work like this. The discipline of scanning, editing and uploading to a single article has given me a chance to assess where I’m at right now. In Summary: I would like more variety in subject matter (this is something I can improve if I just put a little effort in) but the colours and composition on many of the pages makes me happy. And most of all I’m really pleased that I have such a good record of my life in the last few months and that my sketchbook is just a zero pressure place for me to play!
Here are a few thoughts:
- I’m on my third Square softcover Alpha now since I started staying home and I’ve really been loving the size and format.
- I’m not putting much effort into my sketches – just doing something (anything) everyday. My everyday sketchbook has suffered a little since I started my virtual trip as I’m now committing to record two stories for each day (my real life and my virtual life). Overall I’m happy with what I’ve managed to achieve.
- I’m trying to have a 30-45 minute session at the beginning of the day, sketching my coffee and doing some planning (in lieu of my normal cafe visit), but it’s been hard to stick to as I have a lot of things going on at the moment.
- I’m loving my blue coffee cup and the red stamps (stamps by Kelly Purkey)
- These pages contain some warmups or demos for a number of the bonus videos I have been filming each week for SketchingNow Foundations and Watercolour
- I’ve also been doing some fun tests with watercolours – especially with my morning coffee sketches – often it’s because I was thinking through some issues which have come up inside the SketchingNow classrooms. I love pushing the limits of the Alpha paper in terms of watery, juicy and pasty combinations. Sometimes I use my everyday sketches to test undesirable watercolour techniques – too many layers, too much water, too much fiddling. This certainly helps me answer questions and understand the struggles of many people inside my SketchingNow courses.
- I use my sketchbook to document the events of the day – these days any contact with other people gets recorded – and I have continued my normal practice of jotting down a summary of what I worked on. Due to all the increased online activity lately we did a big upgrade to the SketchingNow site (which is great!) but well, there have been some teething issues which have sometimes taken a lot of my time. So you will see numerous references to these ‘fun’ admin incidents. Note: I find the record of my daily work tasks really interesting when I come back down the track as they often help me plan future projects better.
- I’m still recording my outfits if they change.
- I’m enjoying recording family Skype sessions with rough sketches and notes – and the occasional Gaelic word which I learn from my niece in Scotland.
- I’m a bit rusty with my roman numerals – it took me 9 days to realise an error!
The only sketching I have been doing outside of my home has been a few simple line drawings on some toned paper in my car when I went to the supermarket. We were not allowed to go out for recreational purposes, so I decided not to do any sketching out on location. However on Friday things changed. This is what I wrote at the time about this sketch.
Lockdown restrictions have eased a little for us in NSW today. That means cafes are open for up to 10 patrons and we can go out for recreational purposes. So I had to do an urban sketch to celebrate!
It was busy (with social distancing) but I was on my own on the other side of the road the whole time. It was cold and about to rain so I only did a really quick loose sketch… but oh! it felt SOOO wonderful to be sketching outside, on the streets, with people coming and going. This is the first time I have taken my sketchbook out of the house in over 8 weeks!
It was special to briefly say hello to a few more of the @goodfieldseatery staff working again! Miss you all so much.
And on Saturday I visited my family. Due to my extensive travel in recent years, I’m used to going for 3 months without seeing them so it’s not that weird to have not seen them for the last two months. However, it was so lovely to have a face to face conversations with them and be in a nice spacious home (my home is a very small apartment with a tiny balcony). My 6 year old nephew showed me this very impressive school assignment – a Leaf Knight. Of course I had to draw it. So impressive! It was really fun to be sketching amidst distractions – my nephew telling me I had missed something and my nieces starting to go through the pens and brushes in my kit.
Although it’s lovely to have some more freedom, I’m still going to be very cautious and continue to stay home mostly. I’m very happy at home and still have many more ideas for things to sketch and ideas to explore. If only I had more time….
Okay, enough thoughts – here is a selection of my pages:
So how have you been going lately? I hope that you are all still safe and well and happy to be home. Are you getting bored, or do you still have lots of motivation and inspiration?
I would really love to hear how you are going in the comment section below – blogging can be a very one-sided activity at times and I would love to know that you are all doing ok!