When Moments Matter
Sometimes you have to take the time to say yes to the moment.
I was looking through an old sketchbook and all the memories came flooding back.
It’s interesting how if I stop where I am and sketch a scene for a few minutes there’s so much more information and memories contained in that image than if I snap a photograph. I can look at a sketch and I remember where I was, I remember the cool breeze, I remember my husband and son sitting behind me fishing, the trip, the people I was with and what we did, all contained in one little sketch. That is why my sketchbooks are such a treasure. Anyone else would look at this and perhaps think that is a nice little sketch of a fence and some trees. To me it is a precious memory. A moment frozen in time. Nobody else looking at this hears the brook, smells the grass, or hears their loved ones voices, but I do.
This year take a time out from your busy day and spend some time with your sketchbook not only will you enjoy it, It will make you a better artist, it will preserve your memories, and it will become a treasure to you. Don’t worry about making something pretty, nobody else has to see it, it’s your personal record. I always have a sketchbook in my purse. I use a cheap wirebound sketchbook, so I can rip out pages anytime I like, I don’t want it to feel too precious. I use it for notes, sketches, value studies and for just playing. These cheap little books have become a record of my life.
President – Utah Watercolor Society