A sketch created in any medium is usually considered to be just a preliminary study for a more substantial work of art—preparation for a “real” painting. To me, however, a sketch has an immediate, raw, pure, and unrefined quality that makes it just as valuable as any other work of art. The sketchbook is an art form in itself. I am always drawn to the loose sketch with notes and thoughts scribbled all over.
Because of my appreciation for sketches, I aim for the same fresh, immediate look in my studio pictures that I achieve in watercolors done on location. Whether working outside or indoors, I sometimes include ...