Sketching Memories

I have a small sketchbook with a black roller pen always tucked in the spiral binding.  It’s a 5″ x 7″ Robert Bateman with 50 pages.  The pages are thick and smooth – ideal for a pen and for drawing on both sides of the page.  I bring it with me most places I go.  Ideally I’d draw something different everyday.  Last night, for instance, I did gesture drawings of hockey players on t.v. (I’ve never been good at following the game anyway).

We just went on a recent family trip to Tofino.  I usually bring my camera, but this time couldn’t find where I put it.  I quickly came to the realization that if I don’t have my camera with me, I am way more likely to sketch.  In the end, I found I may have created even better memories of this trip than taking photos.  Partly it’s because if I’m sketching, my son sits beside me and “stetches” too.

Image:  My son with “crown” toque at Long Beach

27. October 2010 by Tracy Kobus
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  1. I am really enjoying your blog. i too was a participant at Atlin, in 2000 or 2001 the three week course concept and creative process. I attribute my experience there as being a huge catalyst to where I am today, and the direction my art has taken for that matter embracing painting as a medium. I love the sentiment of creating better memories by sitting and taking the time to sketch with your son and be in the moment…slowing down, and responding with all your senses as Gernot would say. I love the feeling you have in this sketch , it is pure and simple.