Ok, so apparently it’s National Pancake Day this week and National Pig Day today. I don’t know who comes up with these holidays, but I’m not complaining! While I totally missed the pancake train, I am jumping on the piggie bandwagon today and sharing my pig-themed favorites. (I sincerely hope there’s a day for foxes because the only animal I like better than pigs are foxes.)
A couple weeks ago, we traveled to Tehachapi to visit our friend Chris. Tehachapi has all the charm of a small town with boutique shops, movie theaters, and even a downtown historic walking tour. For me personally, the gem of this place is really the Tehachapi Depot Museum. It’s free to visit and houses various railroad artifacts, including a model of the Tehachapi loop. The depot has a somewhat colorful history (even burning down at one point, only to be rebuilt) which we learned about on the free tour. After the tour, we stopped by the Triassic Vineyards for a wine tasting and a gorgeous sunset. We will definitely be visiting again soon!
This week I wanted to share my Moleskin watercolor sketchbooks and some thoughts on sketchbooks in general. Quick backstory – In college, I had a teacher who required us to keep sketchbooks for a painting class. At first, it was a pain to keep up with working daily in a sketchbook but over the semester it became a habit for which I am forever grateful now.
In addition to seeing how your art evolves through practice, the feeling of accomplishment from routine drawing/painting is so satisfying and almost addictive. I feel like it moves me forward just a little bit every time I pick up a pencil and doodle something. A sketchbook can be messy, very experimental, and deeply personal. A drawing in a sketchbook doesn’t have to look finished, and it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s like someone has given me permission to explore without many limits. The exploration that happens inside a sketchbook doesn’t need to produce results but it will anyway (if you keep at it) over time.
In these sketchbooks, you’ll see a lot of flowers, characters and some early sketches of the Doom and Bloom series. You won’t see many thumbnails here because I really wanted to take advantage of the watercolor paper. I do have another sketchbook where I thumbnail but it’s not complete yet. My hope is that this inspires your own practice. Don’t be afraid of the blank pages of your sketchbook!