I sketch daily, I have done since around 2007. Now and then I may miss a day but mostly I manage to fill at least one spread in what ever sketchbook/journal I am using at the time. Recently I have hit a wall! I still WANT to sketch but suddenly I find it difficult to be inspired by anything. This is a new (and scary) experience for me, I've managed to be inspired by most everything in the past even in times of great demand I managed to find a moment to grab something from my day and record it. I miss this daily event. I miss being inspired. I miss being able to cut off and zone out, albeit for a few moments. Okay, so it has only been recently and it hasn't been for long but I worry that the gaps in my journal will get longer and longer until daily journalling exists no longer. It's been a friend. It has helped me to cope with so much. Being able to escape into my journal and see the beauty in SOMETHING each day and log it has been a blessing through some very emotional days. I usually rise to a challenge, I work well under pressure! So, I have decided to do the 75 day sketch challenge to get me back in the 'swing'. I must sketch something everyday for 75 consecutive days in pen and wash only! Brenda Swenson intended the challenge to improve drawing and observation skills and I have no doubt it does both. After sketching daily for around 5 years I have seen improvement in my skills. However, I am personally taking this challenge simply to apply the pressure to myself to sketch daily...something...anything and will be posting each and every one. I am hoping that, in time, it will coincide with journal entries I also make once my inspiration is re-ignited. I have started with the derelict house in our drove. I used a Lamy Safari fountain pen filled with Noodlers Walnut ink, I felt no inspiration when I put pen to paper but once my marks were committed I did begin to enjoy the process. I might add that I drove for a full twenty minutes before actually coming to the derelict house in my own drove as a last resort because nothing inspired me on that journey. Taking the challenge seriously made me stop and getting something on paper was a huge plus!