I picked up my old sketchbook tonight and started doing some new sketches in it. It's a sketchbook that my brother gave me back in 2014 as a gift and I have used it off and on since then. It's funny to see how my inspirations and style has shifted in the past 4 years. I used to draw really fast, which appears much more sketchy than my current sketches. I also used to draw from my imagination a lot.
My current sketches are all from life and the world around me. I still draw pretty quickly, but it's not as wild as my style back in 2014. It's an interesting comparison and it brought back a lot of memories. I have some old notes in there also, some made me sad and some made me smile. I'll start using this sketchbook more often and I used it tonight to draw small portrait sketches of my family.
I've been doing a lot of drawing and watercolors recently and I'm always reminded to let go of any technique. Just do the best I can and let creativity and feeling guide me.
"When an artist begins to count strokes instead of regarding nature he is lost. This preoccupation with technique, at the expense of truth and sincerity, is the principal fault I find in much of the work of modern painters." -Joaquín Sorolla
I just got a new travel sized watercolor painting palette from Holbein. The palette is really beautifully made and comes in a variety of sizes; bigger sizes can hold more colors, but I opted for the 26 color version. I haven't used the palette yet because I'm waiting for my watercolors to dry so they don't slowly drip down when I fold it up. I bought mine from Dick Blick and it came really fast in the mail. I was looking for a metal palette to carry around for plein air sketching and I can't wait to try this one out!