Sketchbook project update

 Sketchbook painting of a panda I saw at the National Zoo and the acrylic painting that it inspired. Copyright 2015 Kim T. Richards. All rights reserved.

Sketchbook painting of a panda I saw at the National Zoo and the acrylic painting that it inspired. Copyright 2015 Kim T. Richards. All rights reserved.

On New Year's day, completely on a whim, I decided to make a resolution for the first time in many years. I committed to working in my sketchbook for 30 minutes a day, every single day for a year.  I have always kept sketchbooks, but had used them to jot notes and doodles for projects i was working on. This time, I was going to do things differently, and my sketchbook work was going to be purely for myself, with no particular project in mind. I knew the only way I would keep at it would be to go public with it, so I posted my resolution to my Instagram feed. This is probably the best idea I have had in a long time. By committing to this project publicly, I was also making a commitment to myself to not let it slide.

 Sketchbook painting of seaweed that became a group of pattern designs for baby created for MATS B course. Copyright 2015 Kim T. Richards. All rights reserved.

Sketchbook painting of seaweed that became a group of pattern designs for baby created for MATS B course. Copyright 2015 Kim T. Richards. All rights reserved.

Since January, the project has evolved quite a bit, and I have seen tremendous changes in my sketchbook work. I am no longer doing it for only 30 minutes a day. My sketchbook paintings have been taking about an hour and i occasionally work on the same page for two days. My drawings have evolved and I can see big changes in my work within only a few months. A few of my sketchbook paintings have gone on to become larger acrylic paintings, or have inspired personal projects in design and illustration. 

 Sketchbook painting of succulents that became an acrylic painting. Copyright 2015 Kim T. Richards. All rights reserved.

Sketchbook painting of succulents that became an acrylic painting. Copyright 2015 Kim T. Richards. All rights reserved.

At the moment, my sketchbook paintings are revolving around my explorations of the area where I live. I have used this project as an excuse to visit places I have been interested in, but have not previously been. I live in a beautiful county in Virgina with lots of scenic and historical sites to explore, and I have a long list of places i plan to visit in the coming months. I am currently working on an acrylic painting based on one of my sketches from the Oatlands Plantation (see my previous post) 

This sketchbook project has become an important part of my day. I start each working day with my sketchbook, and often on weekends I use this work as a way to wind down after busy days filled with kids activities, family fun and errands. It has become less of a project and more a part of my life. I hope you have enjoyed this visit through my sketchbook. I post my sketches daily, and if you would like to follow along, the link to my Instagram page is in the sidebar.

Thank you, and happy painting!!