Sneaky peeks into my sketchbook pages
I use sketchbooks as a way of developing themes and motifs in a very free and unplanned way. The visual language developed in my raw sketches informs my paintings, but I rarely try and reproduce a sketch. Occasionally I do draw out a composition before I embark on a painting, but I find this quite prescriptive and can restrict my creative process. I prefer to make marks, texture and shape and then respond to them. That said, it is sometimes very useful to make a sketch of a painting while it is in progress as a way of quickly testing out new elements or colours.