It’s customary to make some NEW resolutions every year, but really I haven’t got a very good record of keeping to them – so generally it’s never been a thing I cared to do – or share!
At the start of 2016 we had just moved house to Sussex by the Sea – and I had also left behind any intentions of doing any more big and exhausting Shows like Chelsea (I do miss it though). But hooray! I still exhibited at the SBA, the SFP and Florum, and fulfilled a RESOLUTION!
After more years than I care to think about (but over 40 at least), I decided that I had sketchbook envy. I have always subscribed to the draw it on the back of an envelope and shove it in a bulldog clip with all the other passing thoughts. This of course, was a terribly disorganised habit and meant that a) I couldn’t find what I wanted, or b) I forgot all about the light bulb moment + brilliant idea. In fact, sometimes when the bulldog clip could take no more and all the bits of paper fell out, I realised I had had exactly the same flash of inspiration on several different occasions, each time thinking it was the first! Sad.
So last January I purchased a proper A4 sketchbook. It was cheap because I worry about expensive paper (post war habits), and didn’t want to feel extra intimidated. Who hasn’t hesitated with that first mark? It is still a slightly unconventional sketchbook, because apart from drawings, it contains notes on all the different things I tried last year (see last blog), photographs of things in progress, things finished (satisfying!), and things that may or may not come to something. I committed to the scheme, and can truthfully say, I’m hooked. Maybe years ago I was always in too much of a hurry – commercial art makes you behave like that. But now I really enjoy using a sketchbook. And if I do slip and use the odd envelope, I stick it in.
So there we have it, I think that particular resolution is as good as several years worth all in one go to me. I feel really smug!
And the only resolution I have made is to continue with the last one. (There are others I SHOULD make, but I know they’ll be wishful thinking).