Sketchbook Sunday


My sketchbooks have, up until recently, mainly been used for observational sketches. For sketches of things seen in the world around me. Turning to painting, I am more and more focused on the interior life of things and places, on feelings and rhythm, on experiences and sensations I find more and more difficult to put into words –

dancing walnut ink lines, sketched with non-dominant hand and a stick across pre-painted pages

To further me in this process of becoming less attached to outer realities and more attuned to my own creativity, I have decided to follow Cheryl Taves‘ 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge. She hosted the challenge last month, so I am not doing this “real-time”, but her prompts and wonderful meditations on working in a sketchbook is still to be found online – free for everyone to enjoy!

If you want to know more, have a look at: Observations on the Sketchbook Mindset

7 Comments Add yours

  1. This is really interesting. As an architect my sketchbooks are rather matter-if-fact – and although they record creative ideas they feel quite prosaic sometimes. The sketch you’ve shown here is really compelling and beautiful.

    JB /

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you for taking time to see & comment!
      Drawing with my non-dominant hand & a stick, as done in this sketch really gives me very little control over outcome. It is a wonderful way to get beyond niceness!

      1. Yes – the drawing suggests a lack of control, or the lack or a pre-determined idea. It seems more natural, which I really enjoy!
        JB /

  2. Thank you for introducing me to this blog and set of ideas. Good luck with the sketchbooks

  3. pflanzwas says:

    I really love this! Powerful and spontaneous. I heard of using the left hand to support our intuitive side, but I read about it in connection with writing. I didn’t think of using it for sketching or painting. Inspiring! I must give it a try 🙂

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you – and YES; give it a go!

      1. pflanzwas says:

        Just a minute 😉

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