I've been trying to sketch regularly. At least the sketching part, the coloring part can wait usually, although if there is a particular color I'm trying to match, I keep that in mind when choosing what my subject will be. The watercoloring the sketch is the most fun for me, because that's when it all comes together. But the sketching is the part that I want to push for growth.
I knew I wasn't going to be painting in this one, so made notes on it to water color in later. I did the same get to it later with the background of the yellow flowers from Palm Springs:
This was while watching TV one night, trying to quickly do faces. Believe me, noe of these faces look anything like they did on TV, but it was a very good excercise in fast moving and trying to see specific elements quickly.
I like these sketches I did of little creamers and tea cups, but really, really don't like the background. Oh well, some get better, some get worse with the coloring. Mistakes in taste are bound to be made when experimenting.
I even took my sketchbook with me when away at my brother's. I didn't bring any watercolors, so later I tried to (sort of) match colors to my photo, taking license, of course.
When Mary Ann and I were in Palm Springs we were talking about the fun of flipping through our sketchbooks. I didn't get it at first...because I didn't have many sketches in any one book. I get it now; it's really fun to see progress and experiments, and the playtime stack up page after page. I'm still hooked on sketching as a totally separate art form. I'll keep you posted when I finally finish my first sketchbook!