I started this years sketchbook with the grand plan to use a much bigger
sketchbook. 9x11". I thought it would give me the chance to experiment
with new techniques and I would have to loosen up more to fit a painting
in more space in 30 minutes. It did do those things.. But I felt stressed and
that isn't the point of this project at all. After a month and a half I finally gave
myself permission to go back to a smaller book, 5x8".
I could have increased my time limit, it is my project after all. But I have
lots of other work, paid work, other personal projects, getting ready for
Surtex, living my life. It's hard to admit I can't handle what I set out to do
but life is about making the compromises that make me happy. I am so
much happier painting the sketchbook at this size. I can do larger paintings
at other times.
My moral is to go with your gut and do what makes you happy!