I'm very fortunate to work on a lovely private island consisting of 3,000 acres of wild lowcounty South Carolina habitat that has over 30 miles of trails. My job requires a lot of computer time. If I'm not careful, I can spend the whole work day with minimal movement... the bad health habit taking over for smoking! In an aim to correct my ways, what better way than to walk and sketch? It works for me. Clears my head, gets me moving, brings me back fresh to handle the tasks at hand...
I keep a 3x5 inch Stillman & Birn Alpha sketchbook in my purse along with a business card sized palette made by Art Toolkit. I actually have several of these palettes! They can work very big for their size - and not always with a waterbrush.
This day I briskly walked to our Native Plant Nursery to see what was blooming. I found some scarlet hibiscus still open. But Lordy, it was so hot and humid! There was no way I could stand in the sun for 10 minutes for a sketch. The hibiscus kept calling, though. I found shade from a nearby building, but the view of the flowers became almost laughable.
When I opened the journal a week later, I was less disappointed with my original marks. Mind you, the hibiscus were very, very loosly captured - as in I'd have to tell folks what they were, but no matter. My aim was to make this page work.
Out came my Faber-Castell sanguine pen to help add some definition and a few more leaves. Then painted a spent bloom behind a new leaf. Nothing like a bit of copy to tie the page together.