Monday, October 6, 2014

Incidental sketching: it can be done!

The school holidays have just come to an end which means, with both kids at home every day for the last two weeks, I've tried to fit sketching into the nooks and crannies of my days.

Many (most?) days I didn't sketch. But occasionally I snuck in a blind contour drawing at the park.

I try to remind myself that it's always worthwhile taking the sketchbook out, even when a cluster of trees has to be abandoned to go push a swing!

One night I was lucky enough to be invited to a show by a friend so I took advantage of this rare grown-up outing and did a speed-sketch in the city before meeting her for our pre-show dinner.

And doing the grocery shop on the weekend (sans kids...the only way to go to the supermarket and have your sanity remain intact if you ask me!) I throw the sketchbook in the bag and grab a sneaky coffee en route.

Then yesterday we took a family drive to drop off my artwork for the upcoming Linden Postcard Show. Because the gallery is over the other side of town we took some time to have an ice-cream and visit the beach. I did a quick sketch while a big sandcastle was being built, then added colour at home.

None of these sketches are going to set the world alight but they're evidence that I can still fit sketching in, even when there seems to be no time at all. There's always an opportunity, however small, to put something down on the page. And I often need reminding of that.