Thursday, January 05, 2012
From my 'doodle sketchbook' a couple of months ago. I'm trying to come up with a leaf design to make a little quilt, or at least maybe a fabric card, just so I can play with beads and threads. It takes me an age to come up with something I'm happy with because of the million and one combinations of colours, fabrics, designs, layouts etc. It usually results in a meltdown and nothing at all being produced! In the process, I was Googling leaf designs for inspiration and realised that the ones I draw in my doodle sketchbook are more interesting!
The pages of the sketchbook are a hodge podge of things usually, and not pretty enough to share, but I've found that they are very interesting to look back on. I include things like whatever is in front of me, something on the TV at the time or a view out the window. One of the pages contains a sketch of a tree with Mont Salève in the background. Now I look at it and I can see how much that tree has grown in height over the summer compared to the line of the mountain! A couple of weeks ago we had a quite a severe storm and one of the trees I drew in another sketchbook now has broken branches as much of it is dead or dying. I wonder if it will now be cut down and disappear from our view?
The new year is naturally a time of taking stock over the previous year and looking forward to the one ahead. My inspiration was very low over 2011 but looking back I see little reminders that it actually wasn't all bad. Even though the doodle sketchbook isn't pretty, it can contain some little gems that are revealed given a bit of time. I think a small and manageable resolution should include filling this book a little faster!