Sketching and watercolor is something I picked up about a year ago.
I picked both up as a way to heal after dealing with a lot of loss in a very short period of time. Photography is also an avenue of healing for me. But there is just something about drawing and watercoloring on paper that is so rewarding. It’s tangible. It’s immediate.
Like any new art, it’s exciting and fun and also intimidating. Oh so very intimidating. You start to play that comparison game. I know I did that in a big way when I first started to shoot film. But then I found my voice and honestly couldn’t care less about the comparison game because what I shoot (and how I shoot) fuels my soul.
I need to learn how to feel this way with my sketching.
I think I know my voice and style when it comes to sketching. At least for right now. But the comparison game is still strong. I need to learn to focus on my style. Draw what I like, the way I like, and develop that confidence as an artist. And the only way to do that is to do it. Draw. Sketch. Watercolor. And do it as often as I can.
I’ve started to take my sketchbook with me everywhere. Much like my camera. Anytime I find myself in a spot with 15 minutes to spare, I pull it out ans create. Here are a few pieces from my sketchbook recently.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris