3 April, 2021.

I wrapped up March making small sketches at a nature preserve not far from my house. The past week my curiosity has been piqued by the general shapes of the evergreens, surrounded by still-bare trees, dead wood, and tall, brown grasses.

A few hours south of here, I noticed a day or so later that fresh green buds are dotting the branches of trees. It’s an uplifting realization: green grass, foliage, trees signal rebirth. Spring is here.


  1. adventurepdx · April 4

    Out of curiosity, what sketchbook are you using?

    • azorch · April 4

      My preferred sketchbook – and the one I used here – is the Canson 180. It’s available in a couple sizes… this is, I think, 3.5 x 5 inches, and is a little small. My tastes run to the 5 x 7, honestly. The paper is thin but surprisingly takes washes well, and the spreads lie flat, with little “pooch” at the gutter. I also like Stillmanandbirn and Birn and have a stack of them on hand for sketching in watercolor. They make toned paper too, which I’ll use with gouache or with a white pen.

      • adventurepdx · April 4

        I’ve been using Leuchtturm 1917 as my primary sketchbooks for a bit. The paper feels appropriately thick and sturdy. The A6 sized one is my go-to.

  2. azorch · April 4

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried one of their sketchbooks. I do use their self-adhesive pen holders though – I’ve got one on every sketchbook and have nearly purged my pen losses in their entirety!

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