Daily sketching (or not …)


Back in July I decided it would be a good idea to do a sketch every day in preparation for the long camping trip I would be going on at the end of the month. I knew I would be doing a lot of drawing on the trip, so this seemed like a good way to get into practice. The obvious thing to document was my collection of objects gathered on previous camping trips. This went well, and most of the July sketches were documented here. I did spend a lot of time drawing during the three and a half months I was away. (See posts from August through to October 2015).

However, once I returned the daily drawing slipped a bit and it is only now I am starting to get back into it, just slowly. So, below is a gallery of small sketches showing some of the odds and ends from my collection (and a hibiscus flower I found outside my house).

All the drawings are done with a waterproof pigment liner, mostly between .1 and .3, coloured with Winsor and Newton watercolour, in a 10 x 15 cm sketchbook.

Author: anna warren portfolio

I draw, I paint, I am a printmaker. Always searching for the interesting detail in the world around me.

18 thoughts

  1. Your drawings are marvelous and always so enjoyable, like taking a peek at an adventurer’s journal. It is always an inspiration too, a gentle reminder of the lovely subjects waiting just outside the door.


  2. I love looking inside your sketchbook Anna. All these beautiful nature sketches are so lovely. Seeing through your eyes is just wonderful and getting a glimpse of whats outside your door. Thank you for sharing. You know, we do our best to sketch when we can, its part of who we are and we always fall back into the soothing rhythm of documenting our world in our own unique way.


    1. You are absolutely right Cathe about the soothing rhythm – for me sketching is just that, the only decision is about what to draw, then it can dictate what happens. Sketching is my go-to activity for maintaining my art practice, it still is probably the most essential thing I do, once I am engaged in it I feel calmer and more peaceful. Sometimes just starting is the hard bit!


  3. I have really enjoyed these series of sketches and beauty of found objects. Your sketches have such life and joy. I can’t wait to finish our move and get the sketch book out again. One week to go. Karen


    1. Thanks Karen – I can imagine that sketching is not high priority right now, probably all your materials are already packed away, but it adds to the anticipation of getting back into it again! Good luck with the move – your whole life is about to change again, and I’m sure in a good way!

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