It seems some weeks I struggle to get motivated with sketching…….. and posting. I’m trying to resurrect a large acrylic painting that I hid away disgusted with my inability to paint LARGE. It seems attempting to do something large and acrylic sucks out all my creativity and undermines my confidence. I need a painting to fill some wall space and while I love some paintings I’ve seen while browsing endlessly online my budget doesn’t stretch that far. Maybe I’ll keep trying for something that pleases me eventually.
How do you get over that artistic hurdle?
So to appease myself that my time isn’t completely wasted I did a page in my sketchbook of the things that pleased me that week.
The three little lightweight machine stitched journals with different paper were for a gift to a friend about to embark on an extended trip around the country. Doing the “Lap of Honour”, as it’s called here : )
I included a little sketch of our local beach so she will remember to come back. I attached it in the front so it won’t interfere with her sketches and is easily removed.
I have also been trying to do a little homework for an online course on travel sketching with Marc Taro on Craftsy. I have enrolled in several of these courses and all I need is the time to do the homework and put them into practice. Each class has about 7 video lessons so it takes some time to get to watch them before even getting to the homework stage. Gosh, who has time to get bored when there is art?
This is one of my homework attempts while walking one morning, grabbing 5 minutes for the line sketch then adding colour and extra linework at home.
I’m always looking at ways to make sketching on the spot easier for me so I glued up a little block of watercolour paper to fit my Koi palette which doubles up as a mini easel. Easy to hold in one hand so I can sketch with the other.