My Sketchbook

So, I’ve decided lately that I need to spend more time drawing in my sketchbook.  I actually bought a new sketchbook for our trip to Refugio and had a couple of opportunities to do some mixed media work in it.  I was so excited to pull out my traveling watercolor kit, various graphic markers, and pencils.

sketchbook

I didn’t realize how much I had missed the whole process of journaling, sketching, and drawing and how much this is all a part of who I am.  I didn’t realize how much I missed observing and studying an object.  I realized I missed studying how light falls onto an object and how colors change depending on what part of that object you are looking at.  I realized in a very Zen like way, how creating artwork centers me and how I need more of this in my life.

close up of an ice plant

Sometimes I feel like my life is similar to the dryer in the laundry room.  I know it’s a funny analogy, but I believe it is definitely true for me.  Like the dryer, life is just constantly spinning around me and I’m just spinning with it.  It was nice to take a step back and focus on my artwork.  Therefore, I have decided that I will start to work much more frequently in my sketchbook and dedicate more time to my personal artwork.  I’m hoping to stay more centered, grounded, and focused onto what is such a huge part of what truly makes me, me… my artwork.

inside my sketchbook

Over the next couple months I will try and share more sketches with you as I challenge myself to draw and paint more.  As an art teacher I draw everyday but it will really be nice to focus on and draw things in life that really interest me for a change.

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