The total sketching time this morning was 9 minutes. One of the many aspects of sketching soon after I awaken is that my brain hasn’t really clicked in. Nothing is as it seems. That allows my imagination to roam free and my logic to become scrambled as it did when I noticed the letter ‘s’ was backwards in spite of the “K” and the “e” facing the correct direction.
I started a new sketchbook series this morning. I call it Morning Scribblers. Here’s the intro that shows one of my handmade sketchbooks made from used file folders. It also shows the tools I used in this morning’s sketch. I’ll be posting the actual sketching of the sketch in a separate video. I’m hoping that this short video will inspire a few of you to make your own sketchbooks and begin your day by picking up a pen or brush. It might mean getting up a little bit earlier. I guarantee you that your sketching skills will improve drastically and you will begin to design your sketchbook pages with a more experimental attitude that will lead to greater creativity, personal expression … and JOY!
On occasion, timing is perfect. I leave for Wales in five weeks and I’ve ten weeks worth of “to do before I go” projects to complete. One is filing my taxes, another is sorting through and simplifying my multiple websites and blogs, and the third is making sure that I have everything prepared for the workshops I’ll be teaching in several schools in Swansea and the two I’ll be teaching at Chapel Cottage Studios in Abergavenny. While juggling between the last two, I realized Bizarre Horizons can be more than a think pad and a place to file away projects in process. This is a perfect place to post additional thoughts, images and sketches that might be helpful or inspiring to those who follow my current projects, travels and art.
I’ll be adding both photographs and sketches from the last three years of my trips to England and Wales in my “Projects” section of this blog.
While I’m in England, I’ll continue to post every now and then on Bizarre Horizons, adding to the portfolios listed on the Projects Page.