Bedside Table Morning

Bedside Table with Coffee & "An Illustrated Life" - Morning

morning walk

DeLuxe Parked - morning walk

Midday

Poodle Waiting at Trader Joes, El Cerrito - Midday

Busby Napping After Dinner

Busby Annoyed, Trying to Nap - After Dinner

Fiona "As Seen on TV" Evening

Fiona "As Seen on TV" (literally) - Evening

Messy Desk - Evening

Messy Desk - Late Evening

I challenged myself to do a sketchcrawl of my day, making a 10 minute drawing (almost) every hour, wherever I was at the moment.  I was surprised by how many times during the day I saw things I’d like to draw. But I waited for my timer to tell me,  “Now!” and then started drawing.  If I was out and about, I added the watercolor at home in the evening.

Reading Danny Gregory’s book, An Illustrated Life,  inspired me to get back to my sketchbooks which I’d been neglecting while I focused on oil painting this past year. As a result of that neglect, I had half a dozen unfinished sketchbooks that I’ve challenged myself to complete by the end of the year. Hence the sketchcrawl above (and more to come as the year draws to a close, or should I say, “as I draw the year (and my sketchbooks) to a close!

More sketching = more fun!

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Drawing, Every Day Matters, Ink and watercolor wash, Life in general, Painting, Plein Air, Sketchbook Pages, Still Life, Watercolor
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  1. What a great idea…I have a number of unfinished books too…I just might have to give myself a boot in the bum and do something similar! Cool subjects…and a great little collection of sketches from your day! 🙂

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    • Thanks Margaret Ann,
      It has definitely gotten me going and I’m looking forward to having the
      sketchbooks on my shelf and done and being able to work chronologically
      instead of randomly. Jana

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  2. Oh, super, Jana! I need something to get me moving, also.
    Maybe tacks put on all my chairs and couches.
    annie

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  3. What a good idea Jana 🙂

    I’m sure that keeping a sketchbook going all the time is ‘a good thing to do’. I’ve never tried keeping one which I was trying to finish by a specific time – but I can see how your approach would work!

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  4. Wonderful idea and I love the resulting sketches – so interesting to see glimpses of your day!!

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  5. Love your sketches! Looking forward to the next batch. Thanks for sharing them. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Fabulous idea! Especially the timer! Was it really set for every hour? Love your watercolors – as always.
    Happy New Year!

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    • Thanks Shirley. Yes, the timer was set for every hour except for a few hours when I was oil painting. And I also chose to reset it for a little later when I was in the middle of something when it rang. Jana

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  7. This really is a good idea, and why am I not surprised that I found it here? You do have such good ones. I really like this set, and me too, on looking forward to the next batch. What fun.

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  8. Your “life as is” sketches are always a breath of fresh air. I like the TV cat windshield wiper.

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  9. Love the cat on TV! And I recognise your new blog banner!

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  10. It’s great that you’ve finished your sketchbooks. I have recently finished a sketchbook as well and it does feel like a great accomplishment.

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  11. Oh these are great! I just finished a sketchbook and it feels great! Of course it took me 6 months, I’d love to finish one a month…. Marva

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  12. Beautiful “speed” sketches. Sometimes a deadline brings out the freshest and most “real” sketching experience, for me anyway. Very inspiring as usual!

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  13. I wish I did more sketching. I think it would be a challenge for me even to set a timer to go off every hour and just think about what I would sketch.

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  14. So glad you stopped by, so I could remember to come here. I’ve always loved looking at your art! Beautiful sketches.

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  15. Everytime I check into your blog, it looks like such fun…it reminds me to do more of my own sketching. Thank you for the book title, “An Illustrated Life” – I’m going to order it.

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  16. Wow Jana! What a great spread and terrific idea. Now, I hae one more thing to add to 2009. You are very inspiring!
    Lisa

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  17. Forgot to say I love your new header!

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