When I was at the Alberta College of Art and Design many years ago I kept a sketchbook like a diary. Art College is brutal, much like a war zone and onto the paper went all my feelings of despair and optimism. My mother died, I went through a divorce and my sketchbook and I became inseparable.
Since moving to the country, I have collected the sketchbooks of many famous artists. There is no doubt these books record their best work. They are fresh and personal.
I hope you too can join in this profoundly satisfying creative process. It requires paying attention to the world and fully inhabiting the present. Your larger paintings will become full of life as you learn to build this “practice”. I promise it will change your life and your work.