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Sketchercise walk 22 March.

I’ve started my walking and sketching again. Walking I’ve always done, but now I’ve started taking the sketching stuff along again. I’ve also decided to do it a bit different from now on. The sketches will be very quick. The walking is about exercise firstly after all and stopping too often or for too long breaks my rhythm. On these sketchercise walks I will also only take my sketchercise journal(a lovely watercolour sketchbook, covered in red linen) and a rotring pen or pencil. I don’t want to carry a lot of stuff and I don’t want to fiddle with art supplies. I simply stop and do a sketch while standing, close the book and start walking again. I do a maximum of three sketches and they need to be very quick. Two to three minutes at the very most.

…all sketches done in sketchercise sketchbook, 18x25cm….

The sketches I did this morning were only about two minutes each and only in pencil. I added a wash at home. By making quick notes on the sketch,  it  helps work the memory for when I want to add a splash of colour at home. It works really great.  I achieve a lot…. get good walking in without breaking my rhythm and I get quick “unthinking” , almost blind contour drawing sketches done AND a posting as well! Leaves ample time to get on with the rest of my day and do decent art in the atelier or go out for some good sketching, with decent art supplies.

This is a fallen tree over part of the river which happened with the big storms that passed thr0ugh France about a month ago.

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13 responses

  1. hfm

    Great sketches!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm

  2. What a great idea! As a city dweller, I walk a lot and my sketchbook is always in my bag but it seems I only sketch when I stop for coffee and… :<

    March 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm

  3. annie

    The look so fresh and alive, Ronell. I am amazed when people do 2-minute sketches. I am such a slow-poke, myself.
    Sounds like a wonderful plan and the weather should be getting more springlike for you soon, if not by now.
    annie

    March 22, 2010 at 8:33 pm

  4. Gréat plan and lovely sketches Ronell…..goodness you have incredible ideas!

    March 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm

  5. sue

    Lovely, Ronell! Good for you being so disciplined.

    March 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm

  6. So lively and fresh! You amaze me.
    I have been good about walking, but I am not sure I could sketch anything in 2 minutes. I am going to give it a try though!

    March 24, 2010 at 1:03 am

  7. pat

    I am so glad you are sketchercising again. I really enjoy your art work.

    March 24, 2010 at 2:20 am

  8. I like the idea of incorporating the walking and sketching. You did great sketches. I really like the second one of the bench. Nicely done!!

    March 24, 2010 at 4:32 pm

  9. Great sketches! It is amazing what you do in 2 minutes. simply awesome :-)

    March 25, 2010 at 7:50 am

  10. Your sketches are amazing, love them. Whether walking, or sitting, or in the studio you seem to be able to create wonderful results!

    March 26, 2010 at 2:43 pm

  11. Bill Sharp

    Lovely sketches, Ronell and I admire your discipline. I like to travel light when I sketch but I find myself frustrated if I’ve forgotten something I want when I’m out sketching. Maybe if I purposely left stuff behind I wouldn’t be so frustrated.

    March 27, 2010 at 5:29 pm

  12. Hello! I just stumbled here again thinking of you..grand idea the sketching..you are soo good..I will look into a rotring pen and pencil and sketchercise book..Ronelle..were you just blessed or did you also take lessons? Tout est beau.

    April 6, 2010 at 9:11 pm

  13. annie

    Have a good trip to Coin Perdu, Ronell, and a wonderful two weeks. I hope the weather will be all you need for sketching.
    annie

    April 8, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Tthank you for your visit and comment, II appreciate it!

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