I just want to share a few pages in my sketchbooks from a 5 week trip Wales, England (only ‘the north’), Scotland and Paris back in September 2009. This was my first big overseas solo sketching trip and I really love looking back through these books.
I put more effort back then into documenting the little ‘moments’ of the day with notes and I really wish to get back to do this again. It really makes the experience incredibly rich and even more so a few years down the track.
Taking a little timeout to flick through the pages is a great way to research and gather ideas for what I should do this year.
I also just re-read the following posts which are relevant for me again this year
- Reviewing Singapore sketchbook composition
- Seven Reflections from my Melbourne Trip – April 2015
- Brazil Trip: Unfolding a Sketch Story with Richard Alomar
My big trip is only two weeks away!
So here are a few pages…
(note: I have not photographed these pages flat to make it seem more like flicking through the books)
I have certainly developed my painting skills a lot over the years, but these sketchbooks are very precious and many of my current tendencies are contained within them, in an earlier manifestation. Its really fun to reflect on past and present – never despise your beginnings!
Have you recently looked through some early sketchbooks? What were your thoughts about them?