Jane Smithers, we also sketched in our journals.
The larger image is a 15 minute plein air sketch, the smaller a two-minute memory sketch. Both using just watercolors with no initial pencil sketch.
I so love timed sketching. Stokes become quite simplified. It's great for loosening up and colors stay fresh.
Both sketches are done in a Stillman & Birn Alpha series hardbound journal.