Back in school, my professors made it a part of our grade to work in our sketchbooks. I fell out of the habit once I graduated; I could never quite find the right size sketchbook, or the right kinds of portable tools, and then motherhood hit me like a freight train. I kept asking myself, "Why do I need a sketchbook? I'm a photographer and I use a camera." But I couldn't get it out of my head that I needed it somehow. So earlier this year I joined @tammiemcbennett in her #tinydailyhabits class and restarted my sketching. I'm sharing it on Snapchat (find me @jocelynmathewes), and loving the slow evolution I see day by day. https://vimeo.com/176142964
The thing about a daily practice is that it can be pretty grueling, but it sets you up for success. Just like doing a set of push-ups makes you physically stronger, doing your art-exercise will stretch your creativity and help you find your voice.
When I look at my work day by day, I feel very often that I'm repeating myself. And I am. I'm working within the limitations of time, the particular size of book I've chosen, and the set of pens I have at the ready. But throughout the practice, I can see where I've tried to push into new shapes, or explore a new sequence or color scheme, in spite of it being repetitive and sometimes even boring.
In the end, it's all about finding new ways to play.