Last weekend I made a trip to Blick to get one specific item. It was not paper. I have SO much paper. On the way to that item’s section I passed the paper and sketchbook aisle…
I will say that I made it out of there for under $15, so it wasn’t so bad.
I bought a Canson 6″ x 6″ spiral bound book and a Bee Paper 5.5″ x 8.5″ Pen Sketcher’s book. I like to have these little inexpensive sketchbooks because they don’t intimidate me. If I fill them with ugly doodles, no big deal. This freedom does tend to lead me to make drawings I end up really liking, which makes me wish I had put them on nicer, frame-able paper. Ah, well. I hate that I have piles of very lovely, thick, archival paper laying around completely neglected. Fear of failure, people. There’s also something about the potential of a blank piece of paper that I don’t want to mess with. What nonsense.
I’ve filled a couple pages of the 6″ x 6″ and here they are:
I admit, I have a bit of a problem starting a blank notebook, even a cheap one, for fear that the first page will not inspire the looker to continue looking. (I know, I know.) So, I just accepted the first page-ness of this first page.
This here is a sketch from a very old and not too crisp photo of my great grandmother, Cora.
This style sketch is easy and quick.
I wanted to try a pen portrait with my smallest pen- a 005 Micron.
Last September, my family went camping up at Burney Falls State Park. It was beautiful and relaxing and we all had a blast kayaking on the lake and lazing around. One night, the friends we went with made enchiladas for dinner. This is a sketch from a photo taken at the table.
In less than 2 weeks, we are moving. I’m very excited. The new house will be so many more square feet than our current house. The yard will be larger and the weather will be WARM (ok, super hot) in the summer, like it’s supposed to be. But more importantly, most importantly, there will be two toilets in the new house! Some would prefer two bathrooms, which the new house will have. But let me be clear: all we really need is two toilets. The extra shower and sink are just added bonuses.
I took a break in packing (you can see that I hardly filled up one box before taking a break) to paint this picture whilst the F’r slept. For the record I’m not being inappropriate. I call him the F’r because his name starts with F, not because he is disagreeable. He’s an angel. Except when he’s being a little F’r. See the difference?
I didn’t lose interest in art. I swear. I just lost my motivation during a brief two-month period of feeling the morning sickness misérables. I’m not saying my motivation is back. But it WILL be. I’m thinking about arting. And that’s a start. But you know how they say that it takes a month of doing something regularly before it becomes habit? I need to commit.
Here’s the first drawing I did for several weeks. I spent a couple hours one very nice day in January and sat up at the Tilden Park Botanical Garden and sketched some pretty bleak looking winter foliage. Then didn’t sketch again for some time.