View of my sketchbooks in my studio (office).

View of my sketchbooks in my studio (office).

My painting production tends to happen cyclically . . . like a werewolf, (sorry, I’ve been reading Stephen King lately).

Right now I’m in the sketching phase. This phase can be fun because the possibilities are endless (seemingly) and it’s nice to be able to sit in bed, or on the couch, sip some tea, have a snack and sketch while listening to super inspiring music. (The music is important to ALL phases, but particularly when sketching, because coming up with the ideas requires ultimate inspiration!) The phase which follows; the painting phase, happens in the basement and can get pretty dirty, so it’s nice to have this time of nice clean fun, before getting down and dirty!

Because my style is so loose and I tend to go with the flow as I work, a lot of my sketches are just general ideas of what I want to do, and the finished composition and painting itself can look quite different. This can be tricky when trying to show a client what I have in mind, but has generally worked well for me. Lately, however, with the evolution of my style, the sketches have become increasingly important and I’m relying on them more heavily for composition.

As you can see, I’ve included images that show both these scenarios in action.

Sketches with their actual painting counterparts.

Sketches with their actual painting counterparts.

Now, this sketching phase has been fun, but a little too long! Time to get back in the studio.

Wish me luck!

Julie

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