Sometimes, when I’m out walking/sketching I start with some small, quick sketches, done in an inexpensive 3×5 or 4×6 sketchbook. This gets the juices flowing but also, this allows me to capture little scenes or things that I would otherwise pass by.
I’ve been doing a lot of them this week, mostly because I’m so thrilled by the sun that I just want to walk around in it rather than sit for extended periods sketching. I’m getting a good tan (grin). These quick-sketches also give me a chance to play with different approaches and I’m convinced that they have teach me more than any of my longer sketches. Here are a couple examples: