Saturday, March 26, 2016

Sketchbook Wandering at the Library

Once the workshops & the show were over I found myself going back to sketching with new energy & inspiration. By teaching, I learn, by sharing, I get inspired.

J & I are regulars in the reading room of the Camden Library. He reads his newspapers, I sketch still life compositions of readers! (the above reader is not my J...) My noisy brain quiets in the midst of soft symphonies of crinkling newspapers & silent pauses. Libraries still bring me such pleasure!    

At my Art of the Sketchbook Journal workshops, people asked about materials. Except for favorite brushes, Winsor Newton watercolors & Prismacolor pencils, they vary. it keeps my sketching fresh.
Recently I tried a new Rhodia blank book, seduced by the colorful covers displayed at my local Fiddlehead Artisan Supply. The pages were very thin & I thought I wouldn't be able to make them work. But with The Test of the Pens, I found one that worked nicely. It bleeds through the backside, which means I get  fewer pages to use, but it's OK, because this book elicits pleasant sketches. With its pretty yellow cover, it calls me often. You want that in a book...

Amusez-vous bien, mes amis, et à bientôt !


  1. I love your suggestion w/ honest critique..glad they woked out because the colors are great.
    Your J seems quite confidant of you to sketch openly:)
    I would too though if I was you:)Love the scarf..etc:)

  2. Bardzo podoba mi się szkic z biblioteki. Życzę radosnych Świąt Wielkanocnych ! Ściskam :)

  3. I can see you sketching at the library in Camden. (smile)

  4. Thank you Rita for popping by to take a look at my Spring post. I'm so pleased to see you back.

  5. Libraries are one of my happy places! Though I've never sketched there, I can see that it would be a peaceful, inspiring place to do so.

  6. Libraries and bookstores are my favorite places for sketching too. Your sketch is wonderful. Thanks too for sharing your thoughts on these particular sketch books. Hope you had a lovely Easter. Hugs!


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