My first sketchbook flip-through started in April 2019. It heralded the start of a new chapter, many new changes that charged at me in a rush and transformed everything about my life.
Everyone has these seasons! I just got all four of them at once!
The daily 20 minute ritual of drawing forced me to look beyond myself at the world around me, from the mundane of a jar of marmite to a city skyscraper. I’m constantly challenged with how I view my personal challenges from other perspectives through the very simple, ancient act of drawing.
The daily sketch became something so much more than just about pen to paper and it was only when flipping through these pictures a few months later that I realised how important those days all were. The power of a sketch has the ability to revoke a memory, remind me of the people I have found and lost and love, the challenges I faced on a particular day that I can laugh about now, the objects that bring comfort (my Roberts Radio) and my development as an artist.
I’m not a big believer in looking back but turning each page brings new meaning and a fondness and appreciation for how far I’ve come.
If you’re an artist reading this I’d encourage you to make flip-throughs when you can!
There just aren’t any bad bits!