Friday, August 30, 2013

The Art of a Sketchbook - Friday

Hi, Happy Friday to you all.  

We've had a lot of rain in the last few hours and when I looked outside I saw that the rain had broken a couple of these beautiful pink geranium flowers off so I went and gathered them up and put them into a vase.  I thought they would make a fun contour drawing in my favorite sketchbook, (the one with smooth paper from Barnes & Noble) for this weeks blog post, (you can click on the photo to enlarge it).

So, tell me have you been sketching?  Have I encouraged some of you to get your pencil and sketchbook & try sketching more than you use to?  I hope so because that is why I started 'The Art of a Sketchbook - Friday'.  I've really enjoyed sharing my sketchbooks with you.  Showing you that you do not need to follow any guideline ...  just get that sketchbook out and sketch with your pen, pencil, pastel, watercolor, whatever you feel comfortable with. 

With this post I've decided to slow down on 'The Art of a Sketchbook - Friday's' blog entries. For the time being I will post my sketchbook pages once a month instead of my usual weekly posts.  Please continue to sketch and then share your sketches with people. 

Until the next The Art of a Sketchbook sometime in September, happy sketching!


  1. I HAVE been sketching and have been very inspired by your blog. I give myself permission to be imperfect in my sketch book and just have fun...learn...practice. It is a great way to improve my artwork!

  2. That color is gorgeous; are you sure you don't want to add a little watercolor to your sketch?

  3. Maria, thank you. Before I started sketching regularly I always thought it had to be perfect ... I had even ripped out numerous pages on my sketchbooks before because I didn't like what I had sketched. Once you start sketching more frequently you realize its all good. Good for practicing you drawing skills, observation, commitment ... Its all a good thing.

  4. Sally, oh no, not in this sketchbook, lol. This sketchbook is only for pencil. I think its the first sketchbook that I've designated pencil only. But... I did think about it when I first started sketching them. They are almost florescent pink. Very yummy.

  5. Oh, my, like Sally, I saw color!

    But for contour, this was nice, too.

    Just a beautiful photo really, of your sketchbook next to the flowers.

  6. Thank you Donna. They really were a beautiful color, but the rain was so heavy there isn't a blossom on the plant now. This is a plant I was able to carry over for the last 3 years. I just did a hurry up job on the sketching, but it would have been a pretty painting I think.