A small sketchbook being held open to show two paintings, on the left a lit candle against a black background and on the right, a figure looking out over the sea on an overcast day

A friend mentioned that by using a smaller sketchbook they were able to get past their art block more easily, which is a great idea. It doesn’t take long to fill one of these pages and it’s been a great way to warm up each day before diving into some larger pieces I’m working on.

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I went into this with low expectations but am surprisingly pleased with how it turned out!

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A great way I’ve found to keep up with daily painting practice is with these little 3”x4” cards. They don’t take much time to paint, and the size is a fun challenge.

October vibes. Sometimes I put my gouache away for a while and then I pull it out again and then I go Oh, yeah, gouache is delightful.

A watercolour painting of a green T-Rex mid-roar

In an attempt to fill my sketchbook, I've just been drawing... stuff. Using, much as I hate to admit it, a pencil sketch to start. Which of course is working out great. Anyway here's a T-Rex.

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A two-page sketchbook spread with a watercolor painting of a wide beach with waves crashing and a rock formation at the horizon

I've only been back a couple of weeks but I feel like I could use a vacation. This was a "paint first, ink second" page and I really enjoy the final look, though I'm not sure I could pull it off as effectively with a more complicated subject. The big shapes in this were easy enough to paint freehand but anything more complex and I would probably need a pencil sketch first — and I hate having to do a pencil sketch first.

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Some quick poolside sketches of the plant life around. It’s my first time really making use of the red pen and I’m so pleased!

Feels good to get the sketchbook out again. Also feels good to hang out by the pool drinking margaritas!

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