I do not sketch as much as I would like to. And when I do sketch, I do not often share them with others. Maybe that's why I don't sketch more. Maybe I need the encouragement of others to keep at it. Or maybe I don't do it more because I don't think my sketches are very 'good,' which I know is an awful thing to even think (let alone say) as sketches aren't meant to 'be good;' they are meant to capture a moment. Even 'bad' sketches can do that very well.
So, encouraged by Debbie Herd's blog post, I am sharing my Paris sketchbook with you. My sketches from Paris were done in a lovely hand-made accordion book that an artist friend made for me. She used the best 300 lb. watercolor paper in it, so it was a delight to paint in! I did sketches of places my son and I went, and some of the things that we saw on one side of the paper (top photo). On the other side, I sketched some of the things we ate and drank. The photos are a bit deceptive, because when you open it as a book, and not as an unfolded accordion, the front with the cup on it is the front of the food and drink sketch side, and the old Eiffel Tower postcard front is the front to the 'places and things' side of the book.
We did not really get much opportunity to shop in Paris, so this sketchbook is my main 'souvenir' of the trip. Travel is my most frequent reason to sketch. But I also would like to sketch more at home. Perhaps I should make myself another lovely accordion book. Because it was small, with basically just 6 'pages' on each side, it was not at all intimidating or overwhelming to fill. In fact, I found myself wishing for just a few more pages to do!