Just a quick update today to share my sketches from last week – the second half of my Summer Break. It hasn’t been a full break (I did a bit of work last week) but that’s fine as I feel quite refreshed!
It was a full week:
– my work included some blogposts here, a newsletter and some SketchingNow Buildings work (we’re working through the Intro Lessons at the moment)
– mid-week a friend unexpectedly came to stay for two nights (which was very nice!)
– during all the in-between times, I did some tidying and sorting in my home
– I also started the Sktchy 30 Faces 30 day challenge. My approach is to do the exercises in my usual ‘on location’ style – ink and watercolour in under 3 minutes.
I didn’t get a chance to go on any sketching outings so these pages mainly contain food sketches. I missed half of a day this week, but otherwise I’ve been able to stick with my Sketching Diet. It’s hard on occasions to make the effort to sketch (with paint) every meal but I’m committed to it for a month and in fact, I intend to continue doing it for a little longer. It’s much harder to sketch food when I’m out with a friend – continuing the conversation, finding a spot for my sketching kit on a small cafe table and still enjoying the food while it is hot. Note: this last issue is essential… hmm, actually the first one is very important too! So I’m not always happy with the result, but I’m always very pleased that I made the effort. And I’m thankful for friends who understand my crazy behaviour!
And I’m still struggling with the Travelogue Watercolour Journal (Handbook). Although it’s a beautiful sketchbook. the paper doesn’t suit my very quick food sketches where I want to create texture in my first wash. Also the difference in the texture between the front and back sides of the paper is fairly significant and the rougher side is certainly harder for me to use. (See here and here for more about what I want from a sketchbook paper)
Here are the pages:
There is no doubt that sketching food leads to very colourful sketchbook pages, hey?