Weekend: on my table and another life hack

This is how my table looked like this weekend:

I enjoy sketching on location because of the limits that it imposes on me allowing for spontaneity and freshness. I have to work fast to catch that light or scene or flower and with limited tools.

At the beginning of the quarantine, I found myself in stupor quite often as I had all my tools available to me all the time and none of the things in the house were running away or changing that much. Just the sheer task of choosing what to paint with would exhaust me as all the toys were out and fighting for my attention.

So I re-organized all my tools into small bags/pouches/pencil cases to keep them out of sight a little bit and mostly - to be able to grab one and "go". Though "go" these days is usually to the next room. But now I can quickly get to the window where I can see the singing bird or to the window where gardeners are working.

Radishes and experiments during the quarantine

I've been experimenting with different food-related things lately. Ways to get food, ways to make food, ways to combine different foods and ways to sketch food.
Here is a story of a bunch of rainbow radishes through two days, my new sketchbook and gouache.

I asked people on social media which background they prefer and it was very interesting to read replies!

Video of the Sketchbook 127 flip-through

I made a video where I am flipping through my Sketchbook #127.
It's about 3 1/2 min long - and here is what you might expect to see there:

Sketching Goodbye to my Old Work Shirt

One of my tricks for working from home is to have a uniform and change into it when your workday starts and out of it when it ends. This small idea helps me to signal both to myself and other people around me that I am playing a different role at the moment.

I work on the computer most of the day but I also paint and often sketch and one of the joys of working from home is in the fact that I can interlace these activities in many different ways. So my work uniform is usually my painting uniform. I sketched about my work pants before but today I am saying goodbye to my work shirt - by sketching it.