making a mess of my sketchbook

I've spent a loads of time this weekend getting my sketchbook started. The pages are now not so perfect, so less intimidating to work on. I tried to do a few paintings and sketching, but whilst my sketching was ok (I can't draw) the painting was awful ( I really can't paint).

I went down the sea front to paint the cliffs and sea, but it just turned out like a big brown lump on a 2 shaded blue bit of paper. However "rough" a sketchbook should be. This got ripped straight out! I think I should seriously invest on a basic book for using watercolours and oils ... as it's clearly much harder than it looks!

After that attempt, I stuck to what I like best and did some college work using some old photo's of daffodils I'd printed out. I also tried some more sketching and even got the paints out again, with a much happier result.

Doing this course has made me realise how I need to be much more structured in my day. My little girl normally wakes me up (anytime from, 7.30 to 9.30) so tomorrow I'm going to set my alarm for 7.30, so I've more time to fit it at least half hour a day for my sketchbook and project work.

... I better go to sleep!


  1. I too have struggled getting into the swing of keeping a sketchbook. Reading your thoughts has made me realise that I am not alone. One piece of advice someone gave me is to seek the advice of my tutor more often. I confessed that I have only contacted my tutor once thus working in far too much isolation. A lovely blog so thank you for sharing.

  2. Thank you. I'm trying so hard to get into the habit - have just has some new inspiration books for Xmas ... so i'll see if they help!

    Happy New Year, Sarah

  3. It's so funny, I received my course materials for this module on friday and feel like a rabbit in headlights. I haven't drawn for years! I looked at your great sketches/marks etc and thought omg am I up to this, so it was interesting to read how you felt at the bottom, and as Joanne said, v good to know you're not alone!

    I really enjoyed your work!


  4. I think it takes so much practise to get into the habit. I still my most of my sketches aren't that good ... but better than when I started!