I used to be an obsessive sketcher. I also did a ton of small studies of subject matter i wanted to paint, or to really cement the memory into my head using either black and white gouache (horrid stuff that could like really beautiful, but scorned all attempts at elegance) or charcoal gray watercolor on saunders waterford hot pressed paper (90 or 140lb). I see now my geeking out on technology even started with finding the perfect tool for the job.
This is a picture of David, a guy I used to paint with..interesting guy..he painted in what seemed to be a former brothel, complete with individual booths all in a row. It seemed the perfect place to be derivative of Hopper.
This all took me back once I saw Michael Scherotter’s podcast on journaling..