I’m not keeping a visual journal as regularly as I used to. I still try to write every day in a composition book, first thing in the morning, but since Covid-19 started I’ve been more tired than usual and usually opt to sleep through my writing time. I’m working on that.
I do keep a sketchbook/visual journal, but I paint a lot on canvas now and don’t try to capture my daily stories in images so much. I’m using it to work out ideas, to try color options, to practice. So my last journal lasted from December til yesterday. I thought I’d share it with you because I believe you can use your journal for anything that you want.
One of the habits that has emerged is to do drawings of Frankd Robinson. He posts a lot of pictures of himself as he makes his journey through diabetes, kidney dialysis, and learning to walk with prosthetic legs. He gives me permission and encouragement, and I learn how to draw faces and expressions.
So here is a flip through of most of my latest sketchbook journal. Some you’ll recognize from previous posts, some I’ve not shown before. I included a few lists and pages with mostly writing. I also collect ephemera — labels, tickets, mail, cards, and bits of paper. Some of it I past in the journal, some on the cover. Lots of goofs and things I couldn’t quite get a handle on. But that’s what sketchbooks and visual journals are for.
Even if you don’t get the results you wanted, you have learned to see better.
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