Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Need For A Sketchbook

 
Do you keep a sketchbook? 

Have you made it a habit?


If yo don't have a sketchbook habit, then you need to develop one. 

 If you have a creative calling of any kind, then you simply must express yourself in the pages of a sketchbook...in addition to anything else you do.  

Call it an art journal, an artist's journal, or anything else you like, but you must do it.


A sketchbook doesn't have to be pretty, or themed, or pristine, or organized, or even good.  Let's face it, practically no one will ever see your sketchbooks except for you (unless you post them online).  

Every artist needs a private place to play, it is utterly vital!


If you want to develop your artistic habit, or satisfy your creative needs, then you really must keep a sketchbook...in fact you should keep several.


You need to learn to let go of perfection and scribble a page through to some sort of completion.  You need to learn to loosen up and express yourself in as many ways that you can.


And if you are afraid of the blank page...open to the center of the book and scribble...just scribble, then go back. skip the first page, and start on the next.


Nothing will develop your skill and style like keeping a sketchbook. 


This vase of watercolor flowers was done in a Stillman & Birn "Beta" series sketchbook.

Thanks for checking in. xx