In response to a recent post about sketchbooks by Brie Dodson in the Episcopal Communities and the Visual Arts Sketchbook, I wrote the following comment.
"For some reason, I gave up using the sketchbook. I have instead broken sheets of 300 lb. Arches into smaller squares and rectangles. I carry a few in my purse with a pencil and eraser. Then back in the studio if I like the sketch, I go ahead and paint it, finish it ready for hanging. If not, it goes into a shoe box. Somehow this is working for me. One small sheet of paper does not invite much comment, and does not weigh much in my purse.
A whole book was just too much.
I can give the finished cards away or sell them or just thumb through them to cheer myself up."
Some of the paintings I have posted recently were born from these sketches done on the fly or in a plane. The plan and hope is that someday some of these wee works will become large canvases. If you come visit me, I will let you look at the shoe box.