A visual journey through life. “The sketch hunter moves through life as he finds it, not passing negligently the things he loves, but stopping to know them, and to note them down in the shorthand of his sketchbook.” ~ Robert Henri
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been dying to try Golden Fluid Acrylics in my Stillman & Birn, Beta sketchbook, and today was the
perfect day. Spring sunlight is so beautiful and clear making all the
delicate colors of spring pop! I worked on the paper as it is, no gesso,
no priming with matte medium. The paper is very absorbent which is
fine, as long as you know that. Next time I might coat the paper with
matte medium first. Other than that the paper is wonderful and held up
exceptionally well to repeated layers, scumbling and glazing. This is by
far my favorite sketchbook for outdoor landscape work.
One of the great things about being able to paint in your sketchbook is well, that you can paint. The sketchbook then becomes a very valuable tool in which you can practice color mixes, compositional strategies, explore a location for plein air painting, make color notes, catch an atmospheric effect or fleeting time of day quickly without worrying about completing a "painting". The work becomes just another sketch, which for me anyway means I'm freer, looser, more intuitive and means that I'm more likely to take creative risks, instigate happy accidents and in general be more expressive.
A sketchbook that I can paint in becomes a safe place to push boundaries without fear of failure or judgement, my own or someone else's.