Ah! My sketching is still alive, but not as bountiful as I would like it to be. I am learning to let life happen, and accept my circumstances, and not fighting against them. My focus has been divided between the non-material side of the world, picking up the pen and brush, and threading my sewing machine to get some projects completed, all while doing life stuff just like all of you out there. So, I am here and there, and everywhere, like a butterfly jumping from flower to flower. I have also discovered abstract painting, and have experimented with that for a while. It has a huge attractive force on me, but is not so financially easy as my other creative interests. Let’s talk sketching, shall we?
All these sketches are made on Stillman & Birn Alpha Series, portrait 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″, soft cover. I still have lots of landscape sketchbooks, but I do prefer to use this shape and size as I can also sketch taller subjects, and play more with my journaling items, titles, splashes, words, etc. I treated my fountain pens really bad, and I feel they need a good cleaning, as they started to clog and behave weird. These days I lack inspiration for subjects, and sketching doesn’t happen so spontaneously as it used to. There is that saying: “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” I guess it applies to sketching as well. I have discovered Mason Jar salads, and I am madly in love with them. I prep all my lunches on Sunday evening, and just grab them every day on my way to work. I have more greens and fresh veggies, and less carbs. My digestion has improved greatly since I started salads for lunch. This big coffee cup you see here, served me as a fantastic subject, and I intended to drink it as well, but I seem to have lost any interest for this drink, and I am happily having a green tea instead. It’s going to be hard to sketch a pale yellow drink with no visual interest, unless the cup itself has some personality. But being happy and having a restful sleep every night is more important for me than having a coffee. This April I celebrated one full year of doing yoga once a week. It’s not much, but I cherish every moment, and I have learned so much more about honouring our body and mind. Every time I come to my mat, I connect back to myself in such a deep way. Looking forward from now, I see a good summer ahead, and many opportunities to record even more moments of my life in this sketchbook.