Finally, after “just” three weeks, I have finished the Santiago sketch diary.It’s been a real eye-opener to see how much longer it took than the Bath diary- only because I had to fit it around normal daily life.
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Saturday: La Chascona, house of Pablo Neruda
Saturday: La Chascona, house of Pablo Neruda, plus surprise balloon release
Was it worth all this work? Well, let’s see.
On the one hand, as always with sketch books, you’re not necessarily putting out your best or most polished work, which can be a frustration.
On the other hand, such diaries do force me to do a lot of looking at things – copying logos, and depicting other people’s art, like the fish mural and the bird mural I drew above.
This isn’t something I do much of normally, and I can see that each time you do, you learn a little bit about other ways of approaching drawing.
Finally, I do think that a sketchbook full of memories is a lovely thing to have. Being able to share it on the internet is the cherry on top of the cake, but the object itself is also a fine memory to keep hold of – and maybe hand on to my daughter one day, to help her remember these times, or see where mummy went for that week when she was 9.