Keeping A Sketchbook
Here are some thoughts on sketching. Most artists find a sketchbook to be vital to their practice, but not everyone uses them in the same way.
We are obviously not able to get out and about to sketch at the moment, but there are endless possibilities for subjects in our own gardens and homes.
I thought I would show you a couple of examples of how I have used my sketchbooks in the past.
The first image is a rather uninspiring photo of a beach in Dorset, taken from the top of the cliff.
The next two images are pages from my sketchbook. Looking at these I can remember the day clearly. It was very sunny, and I was weary and almost too hot, having hiked across the clifftop, pausing occasionally to make quick notes. I was looking forward to an ice cream in the cafe down on the beach. I heard, before I spotted, a motor boat down in the bay, drawing white patterns in the water, which brought to mind the tracery of white lines and fossils all over the rocks and pebbles on the beach below.
I used at least two sketchbook pages to inspire this painting, in which I was trying to express not only the heat and atmosphere of the day, but also the strange linear patterns which seemed to overlay everything in the environment.
There were many cliffs on this trip. What I remember, when I look at my sketches, is the colours, and the feeling of being overwhelmed by the imposing height of chalk, and the challenge of climbing over the big, slippery boulders.