Every year - for several, I start out the New Year with the idea of sketching more. It doesn't stay a focus for very long. This year I am happy that there is a sketchbook challenge on the internet. See sidebar.
I NEED to and simply must sketch more. I find that when I sketch more, I have less difficulty 'seeing' and 'composing'. Being out of practice can be a little frustrating. I find it really helps me tune into JUST what something should render like in my finished paintings. So - my sketchbook for this challenge has begun on this paper. It is heavy and really accepts charcoal/pastel.
The first sketch for January is a subject that is "Highly Prized". That wasn't too hard to sketch.
Hasty Herman is a good subject - any way I look at him. Life without him hasn't gotten much easier, over time. He was one very special dog.
I had to take a break from reorganizing the studio today. It is taking way longer than I thought. Most of the big items have been moved. DH has helped me alot with making it just right.
I feel that I have kick started my "art" year with this challenge.