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Quick daily sketches in my watercolor journal.

Art Journaling with Quick Daily Sketches Makes Good Fodder

I’ve made a surprising discovery while doing my quick daily sketches for World Watercolor Month. These little doodles have given me some ideas I might not have thought of to make new paintings. There are two or three out of the month of daily quick paintings that I’m going to take to a bigger canvas and do again.

Here’s the three I liked enough to do that with so far. There are still a little more than a week’s worth of sketches to do, if I do the entire month. I’m thinking of trying to keep this up for a lot longer, though I’m not sure I’ll actually have the discipline to do it daily once this specific challenge is finished.

New Subjects and New Techniques

I used my daily sketches to practice some new things I hadn’t given myself much opportunity to try. Even better, it was low risk, so I didn’t feel the pressure to ‘get it right’. One of those things is making looser watercolor paintings. I think it’s a common thing for new watercolorists to paint in the same way they might draw, using lots of details. I still like that effect for my birds. I like them having lots of details. But I also like the washes and effects I can get from those, now that I’ve learned a little more how to do it.

Another thing I have allowed myself to do is paint subjects I might not have painted before. The old tractor is one of my favorite photography subjects, so I’m glad I thought about trying a painting. I love it! And I would not have dreamed of painting a fish. I like the whimsy of that one, and of the old faucet on the post of daily sketches. I just love the smell of rain on a forest floor, and had no idea how I might capture that in an image, but I like the quick sketch. So I think I’ll try it again later on a bigger sheet of paper.

Quick Daily Sketches >> Fodder for Future Consignments

I like that I have a single post with lots of ideas – a visual idea board that shows a scope of what kinds of things I might be able to do. Anyone interested in a commission can get a good feel for whether their idea would work. Or they can pick one of the quick sketches and request a bigger, better one like it. At any rate, it makes a good complement to my gallery of finished paintings at the Paleo Paints website.

2 thoughts on “Art Journaling with Quick Daily Sketches Makes Good Fodder”

Your thoughts and feedback are welcome!

  1. Awesome!
    Your story gives me courage to start an art journal. I am just learning watercolor and I like the idea of being able to”play” with sketching and watercoloring and not have the pressure of having to make a masterpiece!
    Also trying out different color mixes for each day!
    Love your big Fish sketch!
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Dawn! Thanks so much for dropping by. I’m happy you gained some inspiration. I was scared to start but I’m soooo glad I started. I think you’ll be glad you did too. I’m always afraid when I start a ‘real’ painting that I’ll mess up an expensive sheet of paper, lol. But the journal is ‘safe’ and even if I mess up a page it doesn’t cause the same kind of grief 😂 Playing is a great way to learn without the pressure. Also, glad to see you at Instagram! I usually don’t automatically follow back on private accounts but I’ll send you a request so I can see your journey 😎

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