My purse sketchpad is currently probably 6"x8". Just fits. Anywhere I go, I sketch quick pictures into it when I find myself waiting for something. I view my little sketchpads as cookbooks of ideas. Everything in them is rough, but they're a plethora of ideas, sketches, reminders and notes at my fingertips when I'm casting around for a subject for a serious painting.
Generally, I draw in my purse sketchpads only with pen. Pitt pens to be exact. What this means is that there's no erasing, which I also enjoy. To me, it makes the drawing appear fresher, more immediate and interesting, with more movement and quirkiness. (Is 'quirkiness' a word? Quirky. Quirkyness - definitely not. Let's stay with quirkiness.)
This week I was teaching my students about complimentary colors, along with warm colors and cool colors. I took the florescent, HOT colors along to compliment their cool backgrounds. They had rollers and stamps and all kinds of texture makers to cover their cool colors.
For a moment in one class I was searching around for something upon which to spread some of this hot stuff, and remembered my smiling girl. Exactly. So, what you see here is a finger painted happy person, with textured spots rolled all over her. Sometimes art is a lot more fun when you just let it flow.