Happy New Year and so with that in mind why not set yourself a simple goal and go sketching, on-site, just once a month. It's great for the mind, body and soul and it only need take a couple of hours. If you fancy having a go then here are a few tips.
1. Travel light. Pare down your materials as much as possible.
2. Have a location in mind and set yourself a time limit, say two hours.
3. Begin with a warm up sketch then get cracking on your chosen subject.
4. Relax and enjoy the moment!
You could be forgiven for thinking I was ice fishing, yesterday, but I was, instead, sketching an old oak tree that I frequently pass on my way to the river, not far from home.
It was minus eleven when I checked the thermometer, shortly after breakfast, rising to a balmy, minus eight by the time I had captured this scene.
When the weather is this cold I travel light. I keep a few sticks of charcoal in my pocket, carry a lightweight seat and a small sketchbook and then enjoy the moment!