Back to the Book

Hi there. How are you?

My sketchbook has again been calling my name and I've been spending time with it every day. I pulled out an old sketchbook with 8.5" x 11" pages, which allows me more room to play than my usual 3.5" x 5.5" sized Moleskine does.

My Current Sketchbooks

My current drawings have been a little bit looser than usual and I have been drawn to pattern making. Making these drawings is relaxing, almost meditative for me. I don't know where I'm headed with these drawings, but I do know that I'm having fun making them. And at this point, that's all I'm concerned with.

If art isn't fun, why make it?

I'm just allowing myself to create without any pressure to make sale-able objects. I know that I am lucky to be in this situation, that I'm not forced to sell or make money with my art at the moment. All I'm trying to do right now is enjoy the artmaking process, which I'd sort of lost lately. Read more about that here.

Sketchbook drawing of Jennifer Johansson
Sketchbook doodle by Jennifer Johansson

My favorite pen these days is a Pilot G-2 (seen in this picture right above.) It is oh so silky on the page. Though not quite as precise as a ballpoint pen or a Micron, which I've used much of over the years, I really like the way the Pilot feels as I draw and the lines that it makes.

Sketchbook drawing by Jennifer Johansson

I realize that my art practice has very much been inconsistent.  One day I'm making mixed-media bird illustrations, then next I'm painting, and now I'm drawing patterns. Some will no doubt see this as a fault. I see it as a journey. I'm taking steps to recapture my joy for making, and it's going to take some time to find my way.

Thank you for following my along on my journey friends. I hope that you enjoy this glimpse into my life as a creative. If you'd like to see what I'm up to on a daily basis, do follow me on Instagram. I've been trying to post a new drawing every day.

Ta-Ta for now. Jen