Following on from my reflection yesterday about sketching with (physical) limitations ….
This is one of my favourite pages of all times and it has been published in a number of times
Danny Gregory’s Illustrated Journey and an article on Urban Sketchers in Watercolor Artist June 2013″The Pulse of The City” by Cathy Johnson. It is also a spread that I show to my classes often.
This spread (the day before the Lisbon symposium) contains a collection of sketches and so many personal emotions – “so good” “so hard” “still have HA”(it was a bad one!) “YES!” “a bit too ratty today” It just makes me smile to think this page is such ‘a dump’ and despite how ratty I felt at the time, looking at the page brings back the total buzz of the moment! Visiting a tearoom (to chill out!), doing a sketch of the view while waiting for my tea and then the excitement of realising that I was sketching a sketcher! And none other than Eduardo Bazjek from Brazil!
So… two thoughts.
1. You never know which pages in your sketchbook will become favourites – often it is those that have a degree of frustration at the time.
2. Do what you can. I am certainly not trying to produce finished works in my sketchbook. I am trying to record my response to where I am at the time – making the best I can of the present opportunity. I am more focused on that(my personal response) rather than the quality of the work.
And I firmly believe, that focusing on your surroundings or subject, not your page produces more real, convincing and ‘better’ work!
Oh! here is another favourite sketch which was the result of frustration – kicked out of the church we wanted to sketch the interior of.