Sketchbook to the Rescue!

So I was sitting around trying to think of a new blog post idea, waiting for inspiration to strike and feeling completely blank. It happens. I don’t know how people can write a post everyday — that would kill me! Once a week is challenging enough, but I hope you notice that I do manage to come up with something every Wednesday. 🙂

Anyhoo, there I was looking out the window twiddling my thumbs, when it occurred to me that I haven’t shared my sketchbook with you recently. Instant blog post! And the title, “Sketchbook to the Rescue!” has a double meaning. My sketchbook has rescued this blog post, but it is also essential to my art practice. It’s a great place to explore and play around with ideas without committing to a full painting. It can also lead to new directions and help keep the dreaded creative block at bay.

So here goes — I hope you enjoy this little peek into my sketchbook!


Some abstract doodles, playing with shape and colour.


Just in case you didn’t know this, I happen to love colour.


Imaginary coneflowers to the left and an experiment in negative painting to the right (this sketch led directly to some new ideas and directions in my full-size work).


More playing around with the idea of negative painting. Lots of flowers starting to appear in my sketches and my work.


Some doodle seed pods and leaves.


A couple of sketches using photographs as reference.


Although much of my work comes from my imagination, it is based on real art knowledge, such as knowing how to draw!

And that’s it for now. See you here next week!

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2 Responses to Sketchbook to the Rescue!

  1. Rebekah Nemethy November 11, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

    I love them all, but particularly the abstract ones in this batch. To me a sketchbook piece would probably take as long as your full-sized paintings do, that’s a lot of work! I’m curious, on average, how long does 1 page in the sketchbook take?

    • Dorothy Siemens November 12, 2015 at 9:36 am #

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Rebekah! These sketches don’t take that long – usually no more than an hour or even less. Remember, the pages are small, only 5½ x 8 inches and the idea is to just let the ideas flow and not worry too much about the end result or if it’s going to look pretty or not. Of course, I chose some of my prettier ones for the post!