As an artist, there are few things more valuable than my studio notebook. It's a place where I record my ideas, document my progress, and explore new techniques as well as using it as a motivational tool for myself esteem. Whether you're a seasoned professional or a beginner, keeping a studio notebook can help you stay organized, inspired, and on track.
One of the most amazing things I have discovered over the years by writing my intentions down at the beginning of every painting session, then closing ima notebook, and putting it aside, is that it pre-programs my sub-conscious and the creative process takes over and it works!!!
So here is my process:I write my intentions for the session concentrating on what I want to achieve. Sometimes my intentions might be to try out different brush strokes, mark making, color combinations, and materials, for example:
- Use a large brush - one large stroke
- Line differences - long, short, fat, thin
- Shapes: three dominant shapes
- Colours - try yellow, black and off-white
- Be Bold, You have got this.
- Then I close the notebook and the session begins...
At the end of my painting session, after I have cleaned up, I use my notebook to reflect on my work, by writing down my thoughts and feelings about each piece, asking myself what I could have done differently. This will help you identify areas for improvement and make more informed decisions in the future.
- Analysing my work: I ask what is it that I like and what is it that I don't like. Making notes to be addressed in the studio next time.
- Sometimes I record the materials used, the techniques tried, and any challenges faced along the way.
Overall, keeping a studio notebook is an essential tool for any artist. It's a place to record your ideas, document your progress, and explore new techniques. Whether you're working on a big project or just experimenting with new materials, a notebook can help you stay organized, inspired, and on track. So, grab a pen and start jotting down your thoughts - you never know what brilliant ideas you might come up with. Let the creative process flow...