Here's her story:
My name is Naomi Taitz Duffy and I live and work in Washington DC. I always have a few sketchbooks around that I go to when I don't feel like working on a larger painting or when I need to work out ideas.
I also go to my sketchbooks when I want to play with specific materials that work best on paper. Sketchbooks and small paper pieces are much less intimidating and a great place to make lots of work that can either be kept or thrown away. I find that when there is absolutely no pressure is often the best time to come up with fresh ideas.
Just draw or paint whatever feels interesting to you in the moment you sit down to work, and keep doing that. Eventually you'll look back at your work and see a style emerge. Sketchbooks are a really great place to begin because there is no pressure and no fancy canvas or board to feel intimidated by. My motto to myself when I'm feeling stuck (which is all the time!) is to make what interests me, what challenges me, and what I find beautiful.
Thank you, Naomi, for sharing your story with us today.
Dear readers, you can connect with Naomi and see more of her work:
on her website: www.naomitaitzduffy.com
Missed the other Sketchbook Conversations posts? It's even easier to catch up now that I've created a web page just for the series.
And for more inspiration, check out my Artist Interviews. I'll be back on Friday sharing my latest Artist Interview. Hope to see you then!
*Photos in this post © Naomi Taitz Duffy. Used with permission.