Draw Your Day & how I’m feeling about it
It turns out that I’ve quite a bit to say this week, so grab a tea or coffee and settle in for a bit!
My sketch book continues to slowly fill. I’m finding that when I’m over staying with Mum there’s no time for sketching lately so that’s mostly where you’ll see gaps in dates.
I’m determined to fill this sketchbook even though I don’t particularly like the paper. It’s 150 gsm and buckles quite a bit with the use of watercolours, but surprisingly not as much as I thought it would. It does dry very quickly which can be good at times but very annoying at others. The paper is a beige colour where I’d prefer white and I don’t particularly like its texture. I do quite like the size and orientation of the sketchbook though. I’ve become quite used to it. I like that I can do a landscape sketch on one page or extend it to a two page spread if wanted. I can turn the book and do a portrait sketch on one page or extend it over two pages too if preferred. I also like that if I’m very time poor, the sketchbook size will allow me to do a simple and quick sketch on one page without having too much empty paper space making me feel wasteful.
As usual, some days I don’t have much time and so sketches are very quick and rough. Other days I have more time and will put a lot more into them. I am trying to get into the mindset of my sketchbook being a space where I can play and experiment. These sketches/paintings are not intended to be masterpieces. You will notice they are a different quality to the ones I did for The 100 Day Project. I tried to produce quality most days for that project and nearly wiped myself out in the process! It was very time intensive! I was basically committed to the project like it was a job and almost all other tasks (especially domestic tasks) fell to the wayside until the project was over. This is why I took a long break afterwards!
Sketchbooks are typically something you’d keep private, with no need to show anyone, allowing you to feel free to experiment and play. I’m choosing to share though, to show that some days you can create great art and some days you can create some pretty blah art. You have good days and you have bad days – even the really great artists do! A lot of it depends on your mood, how much else you have on your plate, whether you’re feeling relaxed or stressed, inspired or overwhelmed and time poor, or whether you’re feeling well or unwell, etc. Regardless though, if you want to create good art you need to practice regularly to keep the creative flow and growth open. I learnt this lesson after completing my 100 Day Project and not doing art for a long time after. I completely lost all my creativity and all my creative inspiration!
I will take a break from using this sketchbook when we go for our 3 week holiday in New Zealand. I will use one of the two Stillman & Birn sketchbooks that I’ve purchased (a 8 x 10 inch and a 7.5 x 7.5 inch) for the trip (probably the smaller one) and may do an introductory sketch in it before I leave so I can get a feel for the change of paper. I’ll then return (that’s the intention anyway) to this sketchbook to finish it off. I may change my mind though because after using a preferred watercolour paper it may be hard to go back! The Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks that I’ve got are from the Zeta series and contain hot press paper. I used hot press watercolour paper when I did the Urban Sketching Course with Ian Fennelly and loved it. I will have to get used to the fact though that this paper is likely to take a lot longer to dry than my current sketchbook.
So here we go with the latest batch of sketches. As I’ve been a bit overwhelmed and stressed lately, this batch are not exactly my favs. Click on the first circle so that the image enlarges and then arrow through the images if you’d like to see them in full and larger.
I’m starting to find that some days I don’t particularly want to ‘draw my day’. I just want to draw ‘something’ and that ‘something’ could be anything but not always about my day. So there’s some food for thought for me to ponder over further. Perhaps I rename my sketchbook sketches from ‘Draw Your Day’ to something else or perhaps I reframe the definition of ‘Draw Your Day’?
I also think I need to draw/paint outside the sketchbook sometimes. I’m feeling a lot looser now and like the creative flow is open and flourishing. It’s probably time now to get back to doing some pieces that are more time intensive and of better quality. This may not happen though until we return from New Zealand, as time is running out for me to get things ticked off my very long ‘to do list’ before we go.
Anyway, enough introspection from me. I hope you’ve had a wonderful Easter! If you’re lucky enough to still be away on holiday, enjoy every moment and safe travels home!
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Denyse Whelan’s ‘Wednesday’s Words and Pics‘