I’m not sure I can ever sketch enough! I find the process of sketching so informative to my practise. I never use photos and always work from my sketches in the studio. So really there can never be enough sketches as my ‘ primary source’ to work from.
There’s something very free about a sketch. You hold no expectations of yourself or the result. The idea is it’s that first response to a moment in time. Some of my best work is sketching. It’s the simple freedom. Recently I have been using line and wash as my sketches and I am really enjoying the results. They have become works in themselves.
So join me in picking up a scrap of paper today and jot down a response to a scene – there’s nothing quite so enjoyable. You can learn a huge amount about your work and the landscape or environment you are working from in those small early stages.