Sketchbook pages

Amongst my most precious possessions are my sketchbooks. I use all sorts of shapes and sizes with different types and different colours of paper. Some are pocket books for quick notes and scribbley sketches, others larger for more finished studies and explorations. These are just a few pages showing the kind of thing they contain.

Gouache on buff coloured paper and watercolour colour notes on cartridge

Charcoal and chalk on white cartridge

Watercolour and pencil experiments on cartridge paper

pen and watercolour exploration

Some things will probably never make it from sketchbook to painting. They are doodles/ experiments  of ideas. I sometimes like to play with pattern making, taking lines or colours for a walk. This kind of play can be great for sparking ideas about other work. Although none of my work (to date) resembles any of these patterns I have repeatedly used this palette of colours.

Observational studies are a very important part of my practise and are another way that I can explore different subjects and challenge and stretch myself. I even have a sketchbook dedicated to drawing and painting daffodils that I add to each year.

Acrylic inks, watercolour and pencil - I like to explore lots of different materials and techniques
The poppy page is approximately A3, the feather is shown slightly larger than life size.

From left to right acrylic, pencil and watercolour