Sam Dexter Fine Art -
Mablethorpe beach - Landscape project
Mablethorpe beach - Landscape project
Watercolour sketch
Nude - Life drawing
Nude - Life drawing
A blind contour drawing in ink and inktense pencils
Sketchbook page - Van Gogh
Sketchbook page - Van Gogh
Sketchbook Page - Van Gogh
Sketchbook Page - Van Gogh
Sketchbook page - first class project
Sketchbook page - first class project
One of a series of 12 stamp sized paintings
Sketchbook page - first class project
Sketchbook page - first class project
One of a series of 12 stamp sized paintings
Collage - first class project
Collage - first class project
One of my final pieces for the First class project
Sketchbook pages
Sketchbook pages
Page spread for the War Memorial card
Journal page
Journal page
Journal page
Journal page
Journal page
Journal page
Journal page
Journal page
Journal page
Journal page
Inktober drawing
Inktober drawing
Inktober drawing
Inktober drawing
Inktober drawing
Inktober drawing
Inktober drawing
Inktober drawing
Inktober drawing
Inktober drawing
Inktober drawing
Inktober drawing
Inktober drawing
Inktober drawing
Inktober drawing
Inktober drawing
Sketchbooks, Journals and Challenges

Sketchbooks are an intrinsic part of my practice, providing me with places for my ideas to develop, inspiration and experiments both successful and less successful (though none of them are failures, just learning experiences!) I have included some of my sketchbook pages here as a way to show how my work develops and changes over the course of a project.

Alongside working in my sketchbooks I also keep a journal of my thoughts and experiences. Recently I have needed to use this less as it is often a way for me to find my way back to creativity if I hit a block or find myself drifting without creating for a while. This year has been an especially difficult one health wise and my journals have enabled me to continue drawing, without having to think about a finished product, and through them I rediscovered my creative energy and focus.

There are many times in our lives as creative, artists and writers where we his a block or feel our work is becoming stale. It is during these times that challenges are essential to change our focus, refresh our working ideas and find new inspiration. Presently I am participating in the #inktober2017 challenge. I am having a great deal of fun playing around with inks and images drawing natural forms from life. Again it is a way of letting go of old overworked ideas and bringing new ideas to life. I would highly recommend it to anyone who feels blocked in any way.



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