I have only recently started sketching much of which I do from the car window, though I am going deeper into the countryside now spring has come. I have also started watercolor again and notice a distinct improvement in my usual freehand landscape paintings, I am very inspired at the moment. I find my freehand sketches of nature, trees and vegetation in particular, useful in setting out a watercolor, it enables me to have an instantaneous grasp of the placement, of various parts of the picture, also I find sketching enables a more spontaneous approach not only to watercolors but to oils as well. it improves ones confidence, and what would have taken a degree of thought now becomes almost automatic. I do recommend sketching as a preliminary to all manner of painting in this respect apart from the sheer satisfaction of the actual work one does.
It is always refreshing to hear someone express their sincere enthusiasm for drawing and painting.
There are times when we are reawakened to ourselves and the world around us. As artists, it is good to recall how fortunate we are to be able to express ourselves through our work.
Sketching and drawing can be the key to a renewal of our abilities. Michelangelo said that drawing is the fountainhead from which all the other arts flow. I think of that — and qoute it often.
yes, I second that Paul. it liberates my work, allows my creativity to flow freely, unfettered, reduces the stiltedness that so often seems to accompany ones work, when we need an artistic rest so to speak.
looking at the forecast, and seeing your reply appear in my email box, I have the idea now to go out into the forest, again, and lose myself for half a day. the colour and the sheer diversity of form of the May vegetation is an absolute wonder, so many subjects, one could live there quite easily. ...its quite amazing how much satisfying work can do with a stick of charcoal, and a cartridge pad....
It's always fun to look back in your old sketchbooks because you remember most everything about that day and place you did the sketch.