Some helpful tips about sketchbooks.
I have an art journal which I use in part to work on techniques and experiment with new media and also a personal journal in visual form. For example, I went to the Museum of Latin American Art last week and was inspired by Frida Kahlo. My intention was simply to render a portrait of her with watercolor crayons. What came out was a mixed media piece that looks more like an icon of some Byzantine saint. How interesting is that? Here is a quick one-minute video of that process.
Circumstances have kept me from engaging in any creative work for the last month or so. However, with this being a long holiday weekend coupled with my total lack of desire to participate in the annual Black Friday buying frenzy and with an unsettling urge to flex my imagination, I found myself headed to a local art materials store. My plan was simply to replace an ink drawing pen so I could do a little sketching in my art journal. Only a pen. That’s all. But the moment I walked in something started flowing inside me. The pen led me to the pencils, then to the paints, then to the canvas…. I left with armful supplies and a mindful of ideas.
Sometimes you just to follow the flow to see where you end up.