I’ve brought forward the Group Run-through for Watercolour by one week and added a Group Run-through for Foundations as well. Both of these involve a fair amount of work behind the scenes before I even start thinking about all the fun bonus material I want to create. But in addition to these, I have also been working hard to make the intro lessons for Watercolour available for free permanently. And then, as Foundations has never had any intro lessons, I decided last week to film and then release some! (You can access these free intro lessons by scrolling to the bottom of these pages: Foundations – Watercolour)
It’s been a hectic few weeks, but I do love all this kind of work so it’s been good to be so focused and productive. I feel really thankful to be in a position to generate my own work and to be able to pivot to 100% online content so easily.
As mentioned in Friday’s teacup article, I’ve also finished up a very special 3 month Group Run-through of the Buildings course… and I’ve been doing a number of live-streams on Instagram.
Last Friday I had my second LizSketchChat with my good sketching buddy Suhita Shirodkar. We talked a lot about the challenges for finding time and inspiration whilst at home, and Suhita said so many amazing things. One of the topics we discussed was having the license to create messy pages and to allow yourself to experiment. I also really liked her concept of sketching the same thing over and over and looking for subtle changes. I think this is the key to staying motivated at the moment – we can’t go to new and exciting places so we have to look more carefully at our familiar surroundings. This is a messy page I did late in the evening after my SketchChat with Suhita.
I’m also doing really rough blind/semi blind sketches whenever I have a Skype call. And one day I had to briefly visit my brother to drop off some needed supplies. I stood in the front garden a few metres away from the house while the children performed for me. My phone was in a plastic bag so the photo is nice and blurry! It was super special to have this brief and distanced interaction with them so I had to add a printout of the photo into my sketchbook. I’m just telling myself that I don’t see my family for 3 months when I travel so it’s not that unusual for me not to see them for a period of time.
Although I’ve decided to focus on art and positive things here… I did receive some sad news last week. A friend from Scotland (a very special retired minister who was in his 80s) passed away after developing COVID-19 in hospital. I feel so privileged and thankful to have personally known this wonderful man and to have numerous memories of lovely fun catch-ups (in both Scotland and Australia) and to have been greatly encouraged by his preaching. Our paths hadn’t crossed in recent years but I still have wonderful memories from an evening in 2010 when, after dinner, we went for a walk (with Bobbie) around the grounds of Pollok House in Glasgow. I did a quick sketch at the time… and so I re-did this sketch today. I love the way that sketching helps to encode memories.
Here are the rest of the pages which I did last week.
Do you have more or less time? Have you been able to keep up (or increase) your sketching?
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Take care my friends.