This week I am working in my sketchbook. I started this book in 2010 after a painting holiday in Northern Ireland where I was inspired by a fellow artist who kept a sketchbook of her travels. I was determined to fill it up in one year. Did that happen? No. Recently I became a "nurse" to my husband who had a knee replacement, so I find that I have more time for quick sketches than for larger paintings, so once again I am determined to fill this whole book. This time I am going to do it by the end of summer. Do you think I can? We will see.
A sketchbook is good at capturing the moment, at planning a more detailed painting, at just helping you to remember a scene. Sometimes the sketches are just pencil or pen, other times I use watercolors with pen. This is what I like to do best and I enjoy doing the color bit first, then draw over the color with the pen. I use a fine point permanent pen.
Sometimes my drawing is on a 1/2 page and other times a full page. It may be simple or quite complex. I really envy artists that have kept sketchbooks for years and have a library of them. I think, "Why didn't I do that"? Well, it is never too late, so I am off to a good start.