India Art Journal Oct 26-Oct 28 2012
This is the last page of my India Art Journal -- four months and 124 sketches later. I am incredibly happy with the way the journal evolved through my stay in India. Now it surprises me as to how unsure and hesitant I was to commit to such a project before my trip!
I had finally gotten the courage a few days before I my trip to India in June 2012 to come to keep a journal of my stay there. It then took a few visits to the art store, going through the catalogs etc before I settled on Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal (5.5"x 8") 34 sheets/68 pages, 90 lbs wt. paper. I calculated that it would give me just enough space to do 124 vignettes at sketch a day, four sketches to a page and three extra pages in case I mess up :) I still have one blank sheet at the beginning and end of the journal! I shared one sheet with a young nephew.
My sketch kit consisted of Koi watercolor sketch box, two waterbrushes(one Aquaflow and one Koi), pilot G-7 pen , one graphite 4B pencil and a knead-able eraser. All this fit neatly into a plastic zippered bag ( that pillow covers that I had purchased a while ago came in. ) I added a small box of 12 oil pastels in India.
India Art Journal Oct 26 2012
By the time this last page came along, I was quite relaxed and confident about sketching. Nothing like sketching each and every day for four months straight to feel comfortable with drawing. I knew by then not to expect every sketch to be a masterpiece, not to judge but just sketch every single day. I was attempting all different subjects knowing that each only had to fill in a space of 2.5"x 4". My plan was very simple. I think keeping it small, and not worrying about size or orientation also helped me just draw. I worried and wondered only about the subject each day-That was the only decision I had to make and I didn't follow any theme.
India Art Journal Oct 27-Oct 28 2012
India Art Journal Oct 28 2012 (India) by Meera Rao
Since returning, I have tried to sketch or draw or paint something almost everyday. I don't have a compelling reason other than I should and that has not worked very well! I wondered and worried if I would be able to draw and paint in bigger sizes or even have enough patience to work on a large piece. I am happy to announce that I did complete a full sheet painting that I am very pleased with ( I will post a photo soon!)
India Art Journal Oct 28 2012 (USA) by Meera Rao
Next, I am hoping to combine my blog posts on the sketches with the vignettes from the art journal and put a book together. Meanwhile I can't wait to dream up another project to work on! The finished journal is a big boost to my confidence and a wonderful memento of my four months in India.