Bateman Booklet Filled!

Soon after getting my “Sketch Across Canada” booklet (see this post for more info) I watched the Sketchbook Revival session with John Muir Laws. He is well known and respected in the nature journaling world and his website is a wealth of information and instruction on sketching nature. In his Sketchbook Revival session he suggested a different approach to the sketchbook whereby it becomes a place to get your brain on paper. He spoke of using the triad of pictures, words, numbers to describe what we observe. Add to that a triad of queries: I notice … I wonder … It reminds me of …. Interlocking these triads creates what he calls Creative Thinking which he defines as “the brain making useful connections between seemingly unrelated things.” This approach gets our brain to stretch. He proclaimed that “dancing with your brain is crazy fun.”

Turns out, he’s right! I took this approach as I set out to fill the last 3 pages of my Bateman sketch booklet. When I had finished I spontaneously exclaimed “Well, that was really fun!”

Back indoors, I went on to research a few things, add more notes to the sketch and a few touches of colour pencil.

I will continue to use this approach because it really was very enjoyable! A much-needed positive experience in this very difficult time.

5 thoughts on “Bateman Booklet Filled!

  1. It has been wonderful and inspirational watching you fill the Bateman Sketch Across Canada booklet. And now the tip about John Muir Law, fantastic. I have received two of the Bateman booklets, one for myself and one for a friend. We’ll see how we can fill it. So thoroughly enjoying your posts. Loving your work.

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    1. Aaahhh shucks! Thank you Pauline!
      It’s a joy to hear from you! Was just thinking about you the other day.
      And I’m thrilled that you’ve got your wee book.
      John Muir Laws’ talk was a real mind-opener. Send me pictures from your sketching! 😀

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  2. Dear Alison,

    Your commentary is very interesting comcerning your new technique.

    And I love the results. Just seeing the red wing only, really startling.

    When I clicked on the Sketchbook Revival link it went to Karen Abend’s work, so not sure if that’s what you wanted us to see or something concerning John Muir.

    You mentioned before there is a deadline in seeing John Muir’s lecture with the Bateman directive, so wanting to see it before it is taken off.

    Thanks. Patricia

    On Mon., Apr. 19, 2021, 10:28 a.m. Everyday Sketches, wrote:

    > Alison R. Hall posted: ” Soon after getting my “Sketch Across Canada” > booklet (see this post for more info) I watched the Sketchbook Revival > session with John Muir Laws. He is well known and respected in the nature > journaling world and his website is a wealth of information and ” >

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