When something becomes that thing that you do to decompress, to “get away”, to shift gears and re-center, you know you’ve adopted it as part of your lifestyle. At least, I feel, at this point, I have. Do you have a desire to adopt a regular creative practice this year? Try sketching your surroundings. Try going out into your town and seeing it translated through your fingers into a sketchbook. Sure, it may feel klunky and maybe frustrating at first. It may not look the way you want it to, or hoped it would, but, I promise, the more you do it, the more in line it will become with your tastes.
Personally, I have seen a transformation, not only in my confidence in my ability to capture what I see, more or less, on my own terms, but also in my adoration for the time I get to spend doing it, experiencing my community in my own uniquely Julie sort of way. It helps center me. It connects me to my surroundings, and it draws me, occasionally, into conversation with perfect strangers – the people in my neighbourhood. How lovely. All this while continually exploring and learning new techniques.
I’ve been busy and not posting my sketches lately, but it doesn’t mean I’ve stopped doing them. Here are a few of my favorites from the last few months. If you want to see them as I complete them, follow along on instagram. They all seem to end up there.
If you have a creative instagram feed, link it in the comments. I’d love to follow you.