I'm sure most of us have experienced "butterflies" at one time or another.
I had a case of the "butterflies" this past weekend.
I discovered the best way for me to soothe those butterflies, was to sketch them.
I sat in the cafe at a Barnes & Noble bookstore and started sketching.
I bought the small book of butterflies you see in the above photo, so I could have something to go by.
I still struggle with drawing something out of my head. I like to look at something and then put my own twist if I can. Maybe sketching from your head just comes with time.
This is just graphite pencils
When I got home, and I had my paints, I couldn't decide if I should add color or not. I wasn't sure how the graphite would work with watercolor.
I tried a test page in the back of my book, and decided it was fine. So, in the first photo I used watercolor pencils and a small amount of water.
I think color is good, however I'm kind of enjoying the raw sketch too. What do you like?
My "butterflies" are all gone now.
I'm glad I can look back in my sketch journal and see how I could turn that feeling into something more productive.
I've decided I like butterflies, I just prefer them in my sketchbook. :-)
(background music, Poor Butterfly by Oscar Peterson & Count Basie)