It is rare if I leave the house or travel without a sketchbook. For me drawing has been my way with interacting with the world. The sketches that accumulate are not simply records of varying experiences but a diary of discovery.
In my sketchbooks works of art, and in particular, sculpture tend to dominate. My travels are usually pilgrimages to see different masterpieces. In drawing them a dialogue opens where I am hopefully able to connect and understand the beauty within the particular piece.
I am sure many artists would agree with me that our favorite works of art become like friends and teachers. As expressions of their creators, they speak directly to us in the common language that we strive to speak: beauty.
All the images in this post were done in graphite. The paper is rather lightweight and can not take wet mediums. The sketchpad is only about half filled at the moment. There are at least 6 or 7 other sketchbooks sitting about in the studio as well. I will share some more images in the future.