Doodling in a sketchbook

Today I have been doodling in my sketchbook.  I know I said that I would post today about the end of the saga with my daughter, and I will post it, just not today.  I wanted to share with you my progress, as I try to get myself back into the swing of things and get my art back on line.

One of the things to improve your skill and to expand your creativity is to sketch in a book.  I don’t really like drawing, but am able to hold my own when I do.  I recently read a blog post about using doodles to fill your sketchbook and I thought I might try that.  So, I filled an entire page with doodled flowers in ink and then I took my watercolor pen brushes and started painting some of the flowers in bright colors.  It is really quite nice and I think I will continue this habit.

Today, I also got my first layer of paint down for my koi fish.  I have plenty of work to do still, but at least I got started!  I will try to post a picture when I get it done and let you tell me how I did.  Painting these fish is quite a bit easier than I expected, but I discovered that I don’t have all the right colors of paint, so I had to improvise.

I plan to continue with my daily doodling to help me get my creativity juices flowing again.  I really think that will help me a lot.  Just doodling that one page got me to at least start my practice painting.  Up until today, I have been procrastinating getting started.

Here is a picture of the black and white doodle:

doodling, art, painting

Here is a picture of the color version so far:

colored doodling, art, painting

I am using some watercolor brush pens I ordered online.  They are interesting and easy to use, so I think I will keep them in my “go” bag with my sketchbook and watercolors that I can take with me outside.  Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to today.

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