This seems to be the year for sketching. I see it as part of the trend to get back to basics, simplify, and take pleasure in the little things.
After all the dictionary defines sketch as 1: a rough drawing or outline, 2: a short or light literary composition (as a story or essay).
My sister, Betty, was one of those people who could sit down with a pencil and paper or even dip pen and paper and come up with a sketch of most anything you could ask for. She did it all her life.
I've tried off and on to follow her example but the last year or so all the forces seem to be coming together for me to get serious about sketching. Last year I did a workshop through the A.R.T. group based on Carla Sonheim's book, "Drawing Lab: For Mixed-Media Artists." I also did part of a workshop based on "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." Both of these helped me fall in love with drawing and sketching all over again.