I would like to say that I use my sketchbook as a means to starting a painting, but that’s not the case! Sketching for me until recently, is sitting outside somewhere inspirational and capturing something of the scene in front of me. We have a lovely local sketch group here in Koroni, and meet up weekly in a different village, or beach taverna and I work on developing my sketching style, but in all honestly I really just splash paint about trying to do a loose portrayal of something.
When I’m travelling I tend to pull out the sketchbook when we’re sitting in a cafe, or I might decide to visit a particular place with the sole purpose of sketching. I have in the past too, incorporated some of sketches into my collages paintings, using them to help tell the story of where I was at the time.
More recently however, I have started working in large sketchbooks, primarily using up paint after a session in the studio, and then using that as a background for an On Location sketch. I love the way the randomly applied paint seems to happily accept the ink sketch over the top, and turn it into something interesting, but also capturing the scene in front of me. I am also starting to get new ideas for colour palettes and composition in these large sketchbooks.
If you’d like to see these sketches, click on the links below and allow a moment for a new window with image gallery to load.