I am often re-inspired to try new things (as I wrote about in my post-trip reflections) and to become more serious about documenting my daily life. So I come home motivated to sketch more.
But it normally doesn’t happen the way I imagine! The reality is that my sketching dries up dramatically and everyday life takes over much more quickly than I expect. Of course once I am back home, sketching non-stop is no longer the goal of each day, but still I would like to think that there will be a higher proportion of sketching for at least a few weeks. I find myself straight back into the work life as it was before the trip.
So last week was all about finding time to sketch and trying to work out a new approach. Despite struggling with some jetlag I have really hit the ground running and I’m back into my work straight away – with ambitious to-do lists each day.
For me the real challenge is working out how to schedule some time to sketch and giving myself permission to do so. So on Saturday I went to a local park to sketch a tree – putting into action the inspiration I got from Robyn Bauer’s activity “The Body Language of Trees”. I am not sure how I managed to forget that a local park is a great place to sketch.
As I was only 1/3 the way into Europe16 Volume 6, I have decided to continue using it and fill it up with everyday life. It is a bit too big to comfortably use as a daily sketchbook but I am hoping that it will merge the transition between sketching adventure and everyday grind.
So here are the pages:
Final two hours of sketching in London. Sketching St Paul’s before meeting up with some fellow travelling USKers – who? Check out the photo at the base of this blog post.
My tree sketch in context and a palette exploration – nothing to report yet but a little more here!
I know that finding the time or inspiration to sketch regularly in everyday life is a huge challenge for many of us, so I am wondering what is your major stumbling block?
A few ideas
- not having time in the day – just flat out too busy all day
- not knowing what to sketch and being uninspired by your humdrum surroundings
- not giving yourself permission to set aside time to sketch.
Or is it something else: the Inner Critic or Art Supply Junkie Syndrome (collecting stuff but not knowing what to use)?
I would love to hear from you!