YOU ASKED FOR MORE, but are you sure that I haven't posted these before? I'm honored and just wish I could discipline myself to start a Manor sketchbook, but even when I try, sitting with a new sketchbook and my art supplies, nothing comes out of the pencil, pen or brush. I'm stuck.
This was the first thing I tried on one of our road trips and I'll admit that in spite of its simplicity, I was pleased with it. Shortly after, I began keeping travel journals when we went places. And you know the story; sketching took the place of smoking to keep my hands busy and my mind focused.
I no longer have the original for on a foolish whim, I gave it to a lady who was a master at watercolor portraits. I remember her puzzled look when I handed it to her, but it was too late to ask for it back.
I carried a sketchbook into which I pasted a quotation about sketching, something to point to if anyone peered over my shoulder.
On our trips, when we procured a motel and carried in our luggage, Mr. Bob usually flopped onto the bed for a nap and I busied myself sketching him.
"By definition, a sketch is something
a little less than finished, and is first
and foremost a personal activity.
It has to be valued for what it conveys
to the originator rather than being judged
by formal artistic standards.
It's rather like writing yourself
a note in your own handwriting ....
it might be unintelligible to anyone else
but it does what you intend it to do and
that's all that matters. In the same way,
a sketch can be a reflection of
your personality, attitude and
circumstances and a visual
interpretation of your imagination.
"Sketching Street Scenes"
And if you've seen this all before, that's why I titled it as deja vu.