A brand new sketchbook is intimidating to me, even as I admire its pristine state. As I am resolved to develop some new work in 2019, It seemed important to begin a new book. I packed a new sketchbook and with my new bounty of drawing supplies to take along on a recent trip. I never touched it.
I have never developed the habit and discipline of working in a sketchbook regularly. I do have some notebooks with doll ideas and a file optimistically labeled "works on paper" that I add to once in a while. The truth is that I am not interested in drawing sketches of things I see - landscapes and so forth.
Now that I am home again, this is what I have done to try to get in gear. I opened the sketchbook to the middle and painted a few pages with washes of watercolor. (The first page is still blank, but so what.) I pulled a few favorite works on paper to observe that color and pattern is far more interesting to me than drawing. I can let these inspire me. And, I have set up an area in my studio where the book and my supplies will live with brushes and markers at the ready.
I hope that 60 pages later I will have a few ideas that can be used for a bigger project.