I started in March and now, I can accurately call this a habit: I sketch every day. I have been impressed with the impact that this habit has upon my artistic confidence, skill and composition. Mostly, I have been successful in maintaining the standard of the Urban Sketchers – sketches are from what I see rather than photographs. Sometimes my sketch-a-day project has been loosely interpreted as “average of a sketch a day” because there are days when I do a few sketches one day, post one and then, when the following day is a sketching-drought, post one from the previous day.
One of the important elements of living happily ever after is deciding how to apply self-created rules. I try to follow the spirit rather than the letter of the rules and to practice self-care and forgiveness. The goal of the sketch-a-day project is to keep me sketching regularly, both to maintain and improve my artistic skills and because sketching is a way for me to meditate, escape and self-soothe. Therefore, by allowing a little slack to double or triple up one day and then a day of grace on the next day I am bending my rule but still meeting my goals.
On the days of fine weather, I have become a “street sketcher” within the city centre of old Galt. In the month of April, I put together a Moleskin Japanese accordion style sketchbook that started at Main Street, along Water and back to the area where I live. I have started another sketchbook that is following some different streets in my hometown. People stop and chat: sometimes telling me the history of the buildings that I am sketching; challenging me to sketch “all the way to Hespeler” (the northern end of Cambridge); or telling me about their own interest in buildings, art, photography. I am enjoying my regular excursions to explore my city – both the buildings and the people!