Well, I am a happy girl today as my final installment for my sketching architecture book has been sent off. Writing a book in under 3 months has been insane! I still have a few more weeks of bits and pieces but the production of content is completed. So to celebrate this morning I pulled out a teacup that I rarely sketch – Royal Albert 100 years set: 1980s – Holyrood.
This edition of Last Week’s sketches is all about being happy with what I sketched/recorded in my sketchbook!
There is a degree to which I am always happy with some aspects of my work, but there is always an element of dissatisfaction. Lately, it has been more with the subject matter and the story-telling component (how well my sketchbook is telling the story of my life). I think that it is very healthy to have a degree of discontent as that is what spurs you onto to keep growing, searching and improving. (BTW: you might be interested in a post about my inner critic here… and another one here!)
But it is good to look back and find the things that you like, and celebrate those… and that is what I am going to do now.
In a funny way, last week on Saturday when I set aside a little time just to do a few sketches in my book “just for me” (scroll down to the summer wardrobe sketch in this post), I re-connected with my sketchbook and this collection shows how I have been making a little more effort to design my pages.
Ok, enough chatting… here at the pages:
I am still coming to terms with so many coffee sketches in my book but I certainly love sketching them at the time… and I am happy that I have such a great local cafe that helps me start my work day well.
I am really happy with this spread. I love the colours and the composition… and am really happy with the little simple warmup sketch I did. I seriously isn’t THAT hard to carve out five minutes to do a small sketch is it? I just need to be intentional about doing it.
But of course some days I am caught up in other projects and deadlines… so my coffee is all I end up with. I am happy with how I mixed up the composition of this spread. And I am VERY happy with my newest fad of stamping the date. I think this has been a bit of a break-through as it is forcing me to take a little calm time to finish off my pages. I treated myself to a few stamp sets by Kelly Purkey – this is the Southport Alphabet which is great as it is bold but condensed so easy to fit in left over white spaces.
But most of all I am happy about the wonderful Sunday (Lord’s Day) I had. We had communion at church this weekend and it was so so good to be reminded of the most important thing in life – being saved by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and living by the power of His resurrection – makes me happy in a MUCH deeper way than sketching ever does!
This blog is where I share and focus on the sketches of my life. I know I am very enthusiastic about sketching, and often say that I want you all to have as much fun sketching as I do. But that is very the top layer – I wish this deep joy for you all too!
I don’t sketch on Sunday, but I often record notes from what I have read or the sermons of the day. I don’t always share these with you but here is last week’s version with a bit of collage.
Note: I have increased the size of all my double page spread images (sorry about the small sizes recently).
I would love hear from you, what are you happy about in regard to your creative work in the past week?