It has been a year since I made and started using my journal and sketch books. I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed the experience and how it has enriched my life. It is on par with starting this blog, which is also now three years old. Funny I am not into new years resolutions, but I do reflect on each year as it starts and think what I would like to do in that year to enrich my life. February does seem to be the month that I start on the new plans, something I just realised as I write this.
This blog has given me a vehicle to share my art with the world and the friends I have made in doing so has been marvelous. Their kind and supportive comments have given me the courage to exhibit my art and to think that it has merit in the artistic community. I have also learnt a great deal from the artists that I follow and the generous sharing of their skills and practice.
My journal and sketch books have also given me a great deal, I have tended to draw and experiment more and to keep these sketches in one place to look back on. Before most of the drawing I did was of finished pieces of art and I was not practicing my skills as much as I thought was needed. This playing around in the sketch book has broadened what I do now and I have been able to expand my practice. I was able to play with patterns and these turned into the art work that went into my exhibition.
I started with the Seasons of Colour journal where I do random drawings with a rough nod to the season. I started the sketch book in July and it is where I do drawings of my surroundings and I take with me when I am out and about. My drawing skills have improved a great deal and my confidence in being able to draw what I see has improved greatly. The online courses in Sketchbook Skool and joining Urban Sketchers group have influenced what I do in this sketch book and have been a great place to learn and be inspired to sketch. I have found that I enjoy taking the time to do sketches on site and am partial to setting my self up to draw in a cafe with a glass of wine waiting to meet up with friends for dinner or just as a great way to spend quality time with myself and my art.
One of the other great joys is going back over the year in the sketch books and seeing such great reminders of what happened over the year and what resonated with me enough to be put into the sketch books. The memories of holidays are so much richer from the sketches that I did while I was away.
I hope you have enjoyed the year of sketching that I have shared with you, for indeed the sharing and feedback of the sketches with my blogging friends and followers has been such an important part of the journey. I have updated ‘From My Journal” page if you would like to see the drawings from the journal and sketch book. (There are new drawings in there that I haven’t posted before.)
So here is cheers to the joys of sketching and blogging, they have become an important part of my life, thank you.