Whenever I travel to distant lands I keep my sketchbook with me at all times. I take great care to record what I see through daily sketching and journaling. I treat each day with the greatest of regard. I sketch anything that catches my eye… street scenes, people, open markets, cathedrals, lunch at a cafe… Each night before I go to sleep I reflect upon the day and write in my sketchbook. A couple years ago I was doing the 75 Day Sketch Challenge (again) and I had a revelation. I was recording my travels as if they were more special than daily life. I may never see Prague, Berlin, Florence, and Carcassone again… but I definitely won’t see this day again.
It is our daily existence, the commons events that shape our life. When I look back over the years and reflect on what really mattered. I will look back with fondness to the places I have traveled and things I have seen but it is going to be the small moments that bring me the most joy…the face of someone I love, coffee with a friend, my home, garden, and even daily chores.
I hope I have inspired you to start sketching. Don’t hold creativity at bay until you think you’ll have more time, energy… Make today count!