In order to get more drawing in, I have been carrying a 5×7 inch brown paper sketchbook with me everywhere. Sometimes life in the city goes so fast and when I look up from my daily activities, I realize it has been days or perhaps weeks since I have drawn. Although I am painting, stretching canvases or working on some project nearly everyday in my studio, drawing from life introduces a different element to my artistic practice. While studio work is meditative, something about the call and response of sketching on location makes me feel connected and engaged in an incomparable way.
As you can see from my recent drawings, I can’t seem to get away from this brown paper. The push and pull of black and white on top of a mid tone seems to work so well with the layers of Istanbul, and I hardly seem to be starting from an intimidatingly white page these days.
If a mere 15 minutes opens in my day, it is enough to keep up with consistent drawing. I have found through this practice that working within the limitations of my time and materials, can often provide the most creative results.