I came across some wonderful sketchbook images, plus an interview with Anne Davies, the artist who created them, at the website of Sue Bulmer, a UK artist.
How do you feel about the prospect of starting a new sketchbook?
I love it, maybe that’s why I have so many on the go at once! I’m not one of those people who has fear of a blank sheet of paper, I love a fresh start.
When/where do you get your inspiration for your sketchbook pages and how would you describe your creative process?
My main inspiration comes from the landscape. I’m also fascinated by colour. Working in a sketchbook is very liberating because no-one else is necessarily going to see it so for me it is a place where I can work very freely and experiment with colour and shape. A lot of my work is about memories of landscape rather than about re-creating a particular view and so the landscapes in my sketchbooks are often created out of my imagination. In some ways my painting sketchbooks are a place to ‘limber up’ before I start on my other work. I don’t recreate work from my sketchbook into a finished painting but some of the colour or composition ideas will find their way in along the way. When I’m drawing I will sometimes draw from life. Even then the drawing is filtered through my own way of seeing and won’t be a technically accurate depiction of the scene in front of me. I’m more interested in the way a place feels and the memory it evokes than trying to produce a photographic representation of it. I see the landscape in terms of line, shape and colour and the stories behind the buildings held in it.
Read more at: sue bulmer – artist: Sketchbook Peeks – Anne Davies