|Watercolor, pen & ink, 3-1/2" x 5"|
I did a light pencil sketch first, just to make sure I had the proportions right, then I inked the lines and added some details...
I used a sketch kit that I keep in a tote bag that I take in the car when I run errands. I made it from the cardboard box that my wonderful set of sable brushes from Cheap Joe's came in. Here it is, set up on my lap in the van, with a Moleskine sketchbook and my Winsor Newton travel watercolor set attached.
Here's how it works. The box measures 4-3/4" x 12" x 1-1/4" and has a hinged lid. Just about everything I need for sketching fits inside...
I keep the small sketchbook in a Ziploc bag, just in case a bit of paint leaks out of the palette. For tools, I carry a couple of mechanical pencils, two Pitt pens, a click eraser and a kneaded eraser, a small ruler, a waterbrush, and a couple of rubber bands to hold down sketchbook pages on a windy day. (I always have a water bottle with me to refill the brush.)
On the top of the box, I put four strips of adhesive backed Velcro.
I used two strips of Velcro on the bottom of the paint set to fasten it to the box.
The back of the sketchbook got two more strips of Velcro.
The box functions as a mini desk, with the sketchbook and paints securely attached. The lid can still be opened to access my tools, or it can be kept closed with another strip of Velcro.
The sketchbook can be fastened horizontally or vertically.
I stapled a wide elastic strap to the inside of the box and wrapped it around the bottom to hold a supply of paper towels and tissues used when painting.
Two more Velcro straps wrap around the box to close it up tight and hold everything in place.
Having a sketch kit with me in the van means I can stop whenever the mood strikes and capture a scene. But having it available, and making use of it, are two different things. (Confession: I hadn't added a sketch to this sketchbook since last October.) Too often I'm rushing here and there, feeling the pressure to accomplish everything on that endless to-do list, and I don't allow myself the "luxury" of a half hour to sketch. Today I realized just how foolish that is. Doing this little painting was so much fun and took so little time. I'm promising myself that I'll take the time to do more like it. Those half hours of happiness are important, and I'll get everything checked off that to-do list eventually. I need to remember to ask myself, "What's the rush?"
Or, as that sage philosopher, Ferris Bueller, once said...
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop to look around
once in awhile, you could miss it.