Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Painter doing Sketches

Sketching ideas in a drawing notebook as they come to you is a great way to enhance your creativity. Sometimes I use markers or crayons to put color in the drawing and then write the concept that I am looking for. This is how I start the process to create a new series of paintings or just one painting.

I carry a notebook with me at all times so that when the inspiration hits (and one never knows when this will happen), I have the idea on paper -- then I find the model to create it, take photos and then paint either from life (my preference) or from the photos.

Sketching from memory is a great way to get your drawing skills working and it is fun!

This sketch started an entire series of “The Red Dress” paintings!

As a Painter, I am always striving to learn and try new techniques.


  1. I carried a sketchbook with me for a while, but I didn't use it very much. I am generally too self-conscious to draw in front of other people. I know that I need to get over this and work in my sketchbook more often in order to improve my skills.

  2. You can also keep a sketchbook near you so when you have a creative idea, you can simply jot it down -- even if you just simply write out the idea.