Studio notes: sketchbooks and change

 
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A “classic” sketchbook used for sketching is a beautiful thing. It allows you to look back onto your projects and have a quick overview of your artistic development. You can keep all your drawings, notes and projects in one place, can carry it around with you and are always ready to sketch, whenever you want to. It should be so easy to keep a sketchbook for drawing. However after many years of trying, and I really tried, I recognise and admit, that they are unfortunately not for me where drawing and painting is concerned.

Today I sorted through my sketchbooks, yes I do have many, as I was looking for something. Based on my first paragraph you might have thought that I do not own one at all. My little, mostly black drawing books are filled with words, thoughts and rough sketches for and of projects. Many will live forever on these pages, confined between heave pencil strokes, smooth and rough paper and canvas lined card board. I am interested in many things and for me it is easier to make notes accompanied by little sketches for my many creative ideas than purely drawing them. This way I can also document my thought process which is very important for my art practice and development. Since I love to so my actual sketches on random sheets of paper, which I can lay flat onto the table (impossible to do with a sketchbook), I collect them in simple cardboard boxes.

And this brings me to the next point I want to talk to you about, which is growth. This beautiful and exciting space inbetween of who we are and who we want to be. If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed that it got a little bit quieter over there and that I archived quite a few posts recently. Being away from social media allows me to have time to focus on my art work which is changing quite a lot at the moment. Soon I will introduce you to my new paintings. I do not want to call them illustrations anymore, as I feel this is too restricting for what I want to work on going forward. For a while I thought about starting a new Instagram account because people followed me for my whimsical illustration style and will be surprised by seeing different art from me. In the end I decided against it. My art work does not live in isolation and when I am changing my art changes. I am excited to see where things are going and hope you will join me on my journey.

Going forward I am planning to shift my focus from Instagram more to my website where I can give my art a real home and share more in depth studio notes with you. And of course, there will also be a site update soon. Thank you for stopping by. Until next time.

Society6: Botanical designs

 
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If you have been following me for a while you know, that autumn is my absolute favourite season. I love the beautiful colours that nature dresses the trees in, the crisp air and the stunning, clear light.

For me autumn has always been a time for new beginnings, where I am full of creativity and energy. This feeling is a little bit strange to put into words and to explain.

It is one of the reasons why I created two new autumn inspired botanical designs for my Society6 store. This way I can share my love for this season with you. You can find my new designs here: www.society6.com/theremaybecats