Monday, July 24, 2017

sketchbook journal - update

I'm working daily in the sketchbook journal that is made from a repurposed magazine. I first blog at it here. Most of the designs are loosely made, which is helping me work through my creative block. It's interesting to me that when creating these designs; other project ideas are coming to mind that are not related at all. By giving myself permission to play, my art brain loosening up.

The designs below are for all intensive purposes finished in their current state. I'm ready to move on to the blank pages in my sketchbook journal.

This designs didn't go as planned. My initial idea was to comment on my personal conflict between commercial vs fine art. I like the elements but the layout is awkward. There are more elements that I wanted to add but the composition wasn't well thought out. Time to move on without finishing

I had fun creating this design with the colors and whimsical theme. It's not my usually style but it does make me smile when I look at it and that's a good thing. Again, the composition is a bit awkward. If the individual elements overlapped a bit then it would be more interesting design.

After staring at this design for a few weeks, I decided it was finished when I first created it. I envy artists who can add layer upon layer to their art. That's not me...yet...or maybe never.

If you read my initial post, this design was created because I like the technique created in the ground. I added purple in random areas and calling it finished.

Crazy mess! That's what I think when I look at this finished design. And that's okay. This design served it's purpose of getting me to put something down on paper...anything.

I have to admit this design could fall into the "Crazy Mess" category but I like it better than the design above. To me, it looks like more of a composition. Messy composition but still a composition.

Now I'm off to create more free flowing, creative block busting art!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Each of these studies is interesting. Each one "works".

    1. Thank you, Linda! I'm having fun painting these designs. No pressure to be perfect or have a deadline.