In the old days, while working as an architect on the documentation of a big commercial project, the daily grind was heavy going at times, and so I was driven to sketch as a way to keep my creative juices pumping. These days my relaxation time has been mainly filled with light reading. I’ve stopped sketching for relaxation.
Last week I was talking to a friend (hi Ashlyn!) and I decided to make more of an effort to do a nightly sketch.
But of course the problem is always: what to sketch at night!
Do you experience this as well? Do you find it hard to find inspiration at home at the end of a long hard day of work?
I have had a very taxing few weeks (and it’s not over yet) and I just don’t have spare headspace to think of something to draw, so I just started sketching using my photos from last year’s trip to Italy. BTW, it’s still ‘work’ as I am preparing for my big Palladian Odyssey workshop in the area next month.
The long and short of it is: I’m discovering that it doesn’t matter what you sketch as long as you keep doing it. Just the act of sketching anything will get my brain thinking in a visual way, and it will automatically get excited about new ideas and things to try. I MUCH prefer to sketch from life, but sketching from my own photos is a great substitute for the time being.
Anyway, here are a few pages from this week – including my notes about all the website dramas and work I had to do each day. This is not my typical way of working as I am thinking through the Palladian Odyssey programme and also some common struggles of beginners when it comes to travel watercolour sketching. The purpose of these sketches is to explore ideas… and I enjoyed doing them a lot!
Ah! It was so nice to sit down and write a blogpost – a real treat for me this week. It seems I can’t go a week without feeling the need to write. I miss you all – hope you are having a good week.
And finally, I would LOVE to hear your ideas for things to sketch at night!