I toyed with the idea of schlepping to an interesting town to have a little afternoon sketching session. I was thinking Montclair, NJ, or Brooklyn, NY, but I started apprehending the pressure to have to sketch something of value. After driving my VW diesel (and polluting 40 times the initial amount, lest we should forget) across NJ, after finding a spot to park, blah blah, I would have sat down and felt an enormous amount of "ok, let's not f*** this one up" -- and that's the last thing I want to have in the back of my mind as I am struggling with the early weeks of the fall and the quasi-incapacity to draw outside for the next 6 months.
So I went next door -- I would have gladly walked there but city planning in NJ (or rather lack thereof) being what it is, I drove (polluting only for a couple of miles), stopped, spotted a neat building in town, and set out... not to draw it. Because as I sat in front of it, I noticed I was positioned perpendicular to an alleyway and THAT looked really appealing. So I sketched that instead.
And that's precisely it: let whatever guide you. Think you are out there to sketch a tree and come home having filled your sketchbook pages with cars. Or vice versa. As long as you make a mark on the paper and continue scratching away with your pen.
Pigma Micron 05 and watercolor in Stillman & Birn sketchbook.
Paper app & Pencil.