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I envy you and Sue Clancy for your beautiful drawings in journals. I'm a writer and occasionally "records" thoughts in poems. Their brevity helps me describe a scene and experience along with a feeling in just a few words. My drawing and watercolors, however, have not developed much past blotches defined by a few strokes of black ink. You have inspired me to dig into my very old stash of art supplies and do what you do ... quick sketches with a note or two. Thank you.

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I absolutely LOVE that you share your early pencil sketches here (and in your books, too)... it's hard to remember that first stage (especially when you're getting back to a practice after twenty years!) that it doesn't look like it will by the end and to stay grounded in the patience of the process... Thank you for the inspiration, as always!

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Jul 24, 2023Liked by Samantha Dion Baker

I've only just stumbled onto your blog. Can't believe how inspired I am. I just assembled my travel kit and leave Friday for 2 nights in Paris and then Ireland for 3 weeks. I am SO lucky that my best friend happens to live in Ireland half of the year... Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!

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This was awesome! I'm planning my second travel sketchbook for an upcoming tripa nd there were some great tips in here namely the light pencil notes, and i love the use of the accordion notebook! I havea ctually made my own sketchbook to take as buying a watercolour journal is a bit too expensive and inaccessible to buy in my region. I'm super excited and it's such a great way to remember and enjoy the trip also!

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Jul 24, 2023Liked by Samantha Dion Baker

This was so fun to read! I just finished up some travels and my "mistake" was that I brought out my whole watercolour set with me. I did have some really pretty sketches for when we were sat down for 1-2 hours at a time, but after reading this post I should have just brought my pencil/pen and colour the sketches on the flight home. Nevertheless, this is very useful for future travels. I still remember how you sent me some tips for sketching while travelling when I asked you last year. So fun to follow your adventures, Samantha!

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Jul 23, 2023Liked by Samantha Dion Baker

This was perfect. As I may have said, I am off to UK for a month. And though I am busy sight seeing and attending a festival for a week, I have been trying to figure out how to manage my daily sketching. LOL, I love your work and assumed it was gets done in the 'moment'. So, I really appreciate what you outlined here in this article. It makes total sense to outline, sketch, notate, and photograph for reference and come back to it later. Yay. Thank you. Oh, will check out your new Skillshare class.

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“Paris is perfect in any weather.”

That is the truth.

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Thank you for sharing your travel journal tips! I’m off to Japan in the fall, and have been planning what to take. I think I’ve decided on an accordion sketchbook - 8 days x 8 spreads feels much more reasonable than my usual 80-page sketchbook that I was originally planning! Now to decide on the materials... you make a great case for pen and watercolour

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