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>> sketchbook glimpse part 3

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A glimpse at a sketchbook spread I’ve been working on a little bit at a time over the past couple weeks and just completed. I love the airiness of the left page and the cluttered organized chaos on the right, a nice balance, I think. The left was drawn on site during a walk at Lancaster County park which I frequent often and is only five minutes from home. The right began with a group of fish and coral clusters and just exploded into an undersea exploration of imaginary creatures and sea life. This sketchbook is not even a quarter of the way filled, but it might be my most favorite one ever ever. More glimpses to come!

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>> happy spring

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It’s finally beginning to feel like spring with perfectly crisp mornings and warm sunny afternoons that transition to cool evenings. If it could stay like this year round life might be perfect. I’ve been inspired by all the color that has been popping up due to April’s rainy but warmer weather. Here is a glimpse in my sketchbook where I was painting on site at Longwood Gardens where their tulips are currently in peak bloom.

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>> sketchbook glimpse part 2

My newest sketchbook is a mixed media hardbound book with thick pages perfect for laying down watercolor. Here is a glimpse into the first pages, which I always find very intimidating… so empty yet filled with endless ideas. In order to break an old habit, I forced myself not to leave the first page blank… Image

… the second page I simply laid down fields of watercolor and then drew marks and patterns on top with ink as well as white gouache. So far this new sketchbook is a fun experiment of trying new things and working outside of my normal creation process.

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>> sketchbook glimpse

While working on my illustrated state series, I use nothing but reference photos gathered from the endless pool of the internet to create the little icons decorating the maps. I started to feel as though I wasn’t taking notice of the inspiration around me. Over the summer I started a sketchbook and have been filling its pages with observational doodles and paintings. Although none of these are masterpieces or even finished pieces, I feel like I am retraining my eye and my hand to capture small glimpses.  Though the pages I’m sharing are common in subject matter- the other pages show of journeys to museums and parks, lunch at a cafe, the backyard, my studio desk and hand picked collections.

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Just last week I picked up a new sketchbook- and very few objects hold such promise for endless creativity than 64 blank pages with a hardbound cover. The paper is of really nice quality and it meant for mixed media. I’ve started to paint layers of watercolor and gouache with touches of ink and couldn’t be happier with the thought of exploring new ideas no matter how simple they might be. I’ll be back in the next few days to share the first pages!

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>> goal #8

Nearly a month ago I celebrated my 27th birthday & decided to compile a “Things To Do/Accomplish While 27” list.  I love to write down lists as it helps me to visualize my goals and allows me to reference them as a happy reminder whenever I need to. Most of the goals are personal in the sense that I simply want to become more aware and actively pursue them in my day to day life. Goal #8 is to draw from life more often. I tend to, especially with my map series, search for reference photos because it’s quick and  easy to do while I’m researching. Though I will still work this way, I’ve begun a sketchbook that will solely be observational drawings. It forces me to unplug (another one of my goals!) and to carve time out to really observe, as well as improve my drawing skills. I bought a new fine-tipped ink pen and got started! Inspired by a sweet package of seashells all collected from the Gulf of Mexico- I thought they would be the perfect subject matter to study first. Here is a glimpse at the first two pages (with a little addition of watercolor!!!)!

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>> collected & studied

Last Saturday was the first day I had off that felt like an actual spring day, sunny with temps in the 60s- just perfect! Matt and I enjoyed a walk at the Lancaster County park on our favorite trail the follows alongside the Conestoga river. We brought our walkin’ shoes, cameras and a ziplock bag to take home treasures. We found so much inspiration tucked in that bag that what we got home we assembled and reassembled our collection to showcase all the different colors, shapes and textures.

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We both proceeded to take our favorites and really study them, each in our own way. My favorite drawing tool of choice is of course my medium point sharpie pen. I did some fairly quick studies in my new sketchbook and am pretty pleased with the page. Finding time to draw like this is really such fun!

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>> finished!

It’s a miracle. For the first time I think in the history of ever, I finished a sketchbook. Not only that, but in the process of completing said sketchbook, none of the pages were ripped out and immediately trashed!! Truly amazing if you ask me. I’ve had this horrible habit of disliking a drawing so bad I would risk ruining my bound sketchbook by tearing the paper out for fear of constantly being reminded of my embarrassing doodle. So silly, huh?

a peek into a "never been seen before" page

a peek into a “never been seen before” page

Even though each page isn’t a masterpiece, or even the beginning of something remotely interesting, I feel quite accomplished. Weeks ago I knew this moment would soon be approaching so I went ahead and purchased 2 more Moleskine’s to fill up. Each blank spread appears as an opportunity to draw whimsical notions that pop into my head, its an amazing feeling.

colorful new moleskine's

colorful new moleskine’s

Here’s to embracing quirky drawings and loving them even if they are never shown to another set of eyes!

first page in the sunny yellow sketchbook

first page in the sunny yellow sketchbook

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>> a longwood afternoon

 

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Longwood Gardens may be one of my favorite places here in south eastern Pennsylvania, I never tire of visiting (and we go fairly frequently)! Matt and I have been members the past few years because its an ever changing landscape of inspiration. Truly.

We spent just a few hours a couple of weeks ago to soak in the new Orchid exhibit with our sketchbooks in tow. It’s kind of amazing to break out of my drawing routine… I rarely set aside time to draw from life! It’s an exciting challenge for me since I just don’t work that way anymore… Of course I use photo reference to help and inspire, but to closely examine your subject and know every detail helps to slow moments down. You begin to notice every fold and know exactly how many petals are on the flower because you are recording it.

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Throughout the afternoon I filled four pages in my sketchbook and snapped a ton of photos that I may use as inspiration later. You may have seen snippets on Instagram… but here are a couple more of my favorites!

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If you can believe it, our next trip to Longwood is already planned… I can’t wait to bring my trusty ink pen and sketchbook to doodle even more botanical goodness!!

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>> illustrated quotes

For some reason, I just can’t get enough of illustrated/motivational/quotes from famous people goodness! There is something so inspiring about humble famous words that makes you feel that you, yes YOU, can really tackle anything.

Here’s a bit of hand-doodled inspirational quotes fresh out of my sketchbook.

Hope you enjoy, and have a happy Friday!

 

 

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>>sketchbook peek

 

Starting a shiny new sketchbook can be a bit nerve-racking. That first page is ever so important, it sets the tone of the entire book, right?? It has to be good, no pressure there! Well, I conquered those first page jitters with a bit of washi tape inspiration and my trusting sharpie ink pen!

Along with the very first page is a peek at the other beginning pages of this sketchbook, which, by the way is a nice shade of kelly green moleskine! love! I’ve decided to take a different approach with this new book, its a fresh start- why not try things a little differently? I seem to gather bits of inspiration whether its paper, a tag, a piece of fabric, buttons… anything small, delicate and lovely I stash it away in a drawer properly named “collected things”. I tend to raid that drawer when I scrapbook, but why not include it here, in a sketchbook? So my doodles can take on a new shape because of this found inspiration I’ve included. Who knows what I can come up with when a little snippet of wrapping paper is included! Hope you enjoy the madness that is my world of collecting and doodling!

 

page 1

I imagine this as a floral patch, that I wish was real

 

page 2-3

added inspiration with some hand drawn type

page 4-5

inspired by the backyard

page 6-7

doodled numbers

 

 

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