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Sketchbook Explorations with Lisa Congdon

January 12, 2015

Wow, what a beginning to the new year.

For me personally it started with a bang and I’m well into my wish list for 2015. However, the atrocities in Paris last week left me completely shocked and puts perspective on what’s going on in the (outside) world.

To all those affected and living in Paris and France, words cannot describe how I felt about  #jesuischarlie. It might have happened in Paris but this is a wide world complex issue which, after people have had time to grieve, will have to be discussed and tackled face on. So it was with extra proud delightfulness to see so many people come together in Paris on Sunday, all united and fighting for freedom of expression, religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence. 

One of my wishes for 2015 was to sketch more and I’m delighted I enrolled in Lisa Congdon‘s Sketchbook Explorations on Creativebug. Lisa is a very talented fine artist, illustrator and Author. One thing that stands out for me most is her work ethic and sheer passion for her craft. It’s actually infectious and I’m an avid follower of her Instagram account. Lisa is also a great teacher and this course is EXACTLY what I needed to inspire me to sketch more!

There are four parts to this course. It started on the 6th January and lasts for a month. Of course, like with many online learning platforms, once you’ve signed up you can do it in your own time.

This week it’s about Watercolor Backgrounds and Line Drawing. I’m enjoying playing around with motifs and patterns. take a look!

sketchbook explorations with Lisa Congdon

sketchbook explorations with Lisa Congdon

sketchbook explorations with Lisa Congdon

sketchbook explorations with Lisa Congdon

sketchbook explorations with Lisa Congdon

sketchbook explorations with Lisa Congdon

sketchbook explorations with Lisa Congdon

As you can see I’m just experimenting away to see what works and what doesn’t. I’m looking forward to the next lessons. This course has come just at the right time. I’m going to aim to do a little bit of sketching every day this year. At least I’ll give it a good try!

I don’t know about you but I find enrolling on courses a great support to get inspired and also to keep accountable to myself. Now I have to look for a course for February. Shout if you’ve got any ideas. Do you like to keep a sketchbook?

See you Thursday!

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  • Reply Shona January 12, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Gorgeous sketchbook. Wishing you a creative and inspired 2015. Shona x

    • Reply tina January 17, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you so much Shona. Same to you….

  • Reply Holly January 13, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Great start with your course! Loving your experiments!

    I don’t keep a sketch book… but a notebook is quite handy to have close by. Sometimes my notes turn into sad looking sketches, haha, but it’s about remembering the idea, or saving it for future development 😉

    Have lots of fun with your sketching xoxo

    • Reply tina January 17, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks Holly. Notebooks, scraps of paper, anything really to capture our fleeting ideas:-)

  • Reply Alison Sye January 15, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I am thoroughly enjoying your late night sketching, Tina.
    Very beautiful.

    • Reply tina January 17, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Thank you Alison. I’ve missed it in the past few days when down with flu!

  • Reply Alison Sye January 15, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Oh, I forgot to answer your question.
    Yes, I have kept a sketchbook since I was a child. I go absolutely nowhere without it in my bag.
    I have over 200, at a guess.

    • Reply tina January 17, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Blimey!!!! That’s amazing. I hope you will exhibit them one day… and I’d lobe to see them x

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey January 16, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Loving your artistic meanderings & sketches. I should try do the writing equivalent more often – I’m just too prescriptive with myself!

    A sketch a day keeps Tina at play. Wonderful 🙂

    Big hugs xo

    • Reply tina January 17, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      Oh, how does the writing version of meanderings & sketches go?
      Haha. It’s addictive and takes a lot of time. Need to work on making simpler mark makings in order
      to sustain this.

      Thanks lovely x

  • Reply Mary @ HOP Design Studio January 19, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Have you ever thought of doing a collab with a ceramics brand Tina? These are great!

    • Reply tina January 19, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Hahaha, NO! I’m laughing because this has never entered my head.
      Thank you though, very kind of you to say so…. x

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  • Reply Jeanine May 15, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    TINA! You are an incredibly talented artist! Wow! I LOVE Lisa’s Classes! I have taken all of them on CreativeBug myself, & look forward to more! Happy to have found your very well coloured website! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Kat April 15, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Your sketches are gorgeous!!! Love your colours and your style. And these were so long ago! I bet you’ve created many more beautiful images since then.
    Thanks for brightening up my morning!

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