I just started taking the online course, The Art of Wild Abandonment, taught by Junelle Jacobsen and Christy Tomlinson. The first week's lesson introduced me to the idea of working in a sketchbook. I sketched some lavender sprigs and colored them with watercolor pencils and a waterbrush:
I'm really quite pleased with how they turned out because, before this year, I would have said that I couldn't draw! Practice really pays off. Working in a sketchbook is completely new to me. Although I work in art journals often, the sketchbook feels different. The sketchbook pages are done more quickly, and I feel even less concern about whether the drawings turn out "right." It's a very freeing process. And I'm really beginning to understand how my sketchbook will provide tons of ideas for things that will become art journal pages - or prayer flag samples, canvases and other works of art. I think I'm hooked! What about you? Do you work in a sketchbook? How doe you see it as different from your art journal?
I'm sharing this as part of Paint Party Friday. For more painterly goodness, check out the artists listed in this link.