Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sketchbook Conversations -- a Chat with Regina Lord

This week's Sketchbook Conversation is with Regina Lord. Regina is a full time mixed media artist living in Southern Arizona with her husband, two teenage sons, their dog Freya and Rocky the desert tortoise. Regina is inspired by the sunshine, nature, bright colors and Frida Kahlo.  


Here's her sketchbook story:

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Keeping a sketchbook is one of the biggest parts of my process. It helps me gather ideas, work them out and lay the foundation to many of my projects and final paintings.  I have many sketchbooks for drawing and doodling as well as several art journals for miscellaneous painting, practicing portraits and experimenting with new mediums. 

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Now that my art is my full time business, I have to keep the fires burning as much as possible. Nature is probably my biggest inspiration. I go walking every morning with my trusty dog Freya and look for anything that inspires me - flowers, birds, shapes, colors,clouds - and I take photos of what I see with my phone camera.  I am also committed to creating something everyday.  It might be 20 minutes of drawing or a full on painting on canvas. The more I create the more creative I am. 

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I have so many favorite tools, but my top 10 that I use in my sketch pads and art journals are: IDenti Pen with dual tip (by Sakura),  SumoGrip mechanical pencil filled with B lead, Peel-off Magic Rub eraser pencil, Pitt artist pens with brush tip in various colors, Supracolor II Soft Caran d'ache water color pencils, Prismacolor colored pencils, Koi Watercolors, DecoArts artist acrylics, Stabilo All pencil in white and black, lots and lots of various sized paintbrushes.

Regina Lord, Sketchbooks, Sketchbook Conversations

My advice for someone who is just starting out: skip the first page. I think a lot a people are intimidated by an empty sketchbook and those first blank pages. I always, always skip the first page and sometimes I just randomly open in the middle and start drawing. Most importantly, make your sketchbook a safe place where there is no judgement and always draw what you love!

Regina Lord, Sketchbooks, Sketchbook Conversations

Thank you, Regina for sharing your story with us today.



You can find Regina here:
Website :: www.creativekismet.com  


You can catch up on the other Sketchbook Conversations posts and find more sketchbook inspiration here.

*Photos in this post © Regina Lord. Used with permission.

6 comments:

  1. Another wonderful artist. It is generous how they all share their ideas and tools for using their sketchbooks and for getting the most use out of them. I love Regina's bold style and colours! :)

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    1. Her art is lovely, isn't it. So bold and recognizably hers.

      I do love getting art supply suggestions from other artists. Few things are more fun than trying out new tools and materials!

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  2. Good advice and such lovely work! I'm going over to visit her website! Thanks for sharing Regina's work, Anne!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this post, Judy! There are so many inspiring artists, each with their own unique voice. Maybe you'd like to share your sketchbook story here one day, too? :)

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  3. Beautiful work, inspiring. My current sketchbook is more scribbly, sort of visual note taking. I can see from Regina's book I need to add color.

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    1. Oh, I don't know. Scribbly visual notetaking is important, too. If you look at the top photo, not all of Regina's pages are filled with bold color. It IS fun, though, to shake things up and try new things in your sketchbooks. Helps the creativity to flow!

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