In 2017 I did a sketch every day for the entire year. When I started this project I never could have dreamed about all the places I’d be sketching and how much I would learn — more about myself than about sketching.
I learned that sketching helps me feel more connected in a way that taking a photo or writing can’t do. It’s hard to explain unless you’ve tried it yourself. Seems like life just goes by faster and faster anymore and this way I can slow down and savor the moments. I found myself noticing the color of a leaf or the curve of a petal and wondering at the beauty of it all.
I didn’t have a plan other than to do a sketch each day. I went about my routine and something would call me to sketch it — so I would. Looking back it would have been better to have a cache of ideas ready to go, as there were a few late night sketch sessions — but I loved the freedom of going with the flow.
Here are a few of my favorites — see the whole 365 project at the #sideoatspaints2017 hashtag. I love looking back through this — I can see the seasons change before my eyes and remember the sights, sounds and smells.
Fall and Winter
My Dad and friends started sending me photos to sketch about halfway through the year — that meant so much, especially my Dad.
From my Dad in Ohio:
Spring and Summer
I started the sketch project on January 1st thinking I would use a different limited palette each week, but that went by the wayside a few weeks in — there were too many colors I wanted to use. As you can see, I got on a real cactus kick at one point!
While staying at a friend’s place in San Francisco: