In some sketchbooks, I’ve been so concerned about messing up the first page that my first sketch was done on page 3. Saving the opening page for something… sometime… No more! I received a Stillman & Birn Alpha Sketchbook* for Christmas and determined to overcome all fear and start on page one. However, my pen did hover for quite a while before making a mark. This is a good thing — to stop and think, and look and be deliberate. This is dry milkweed pods.
* I heard about this Sketchbook via Liz Steel who likes it as her “everyday” Sketchbook as opposed to special ones on a theme or for a trip (I believe that’s what she mentioned). In any case, I still had first page jitters.