Sketchbreak – Sacre Coeur, Paris

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So, what’s up with all these sketches?

I was cleaning my office a few weeks back, a rather rare event, and my catatonic eyes fell upon the dusty shelves. There, among the binders and tech manuals, sat my sketchbooks, some new, some old, all filled with a lifetime of travels. Then it hit me. Only a handful of people had ever seen these sketches. I had never really shown them to anyone, except Robyn.

You see, the idea of sharing the drawings always felt akin to vacation slideshows people gave back in the day. No one really wanted to sit through them, no matter how interesting the presenter thought they were. So why create sketches at all? Well, for me, sketching is cathartic, almost like meditation. It is also a powerful way to capture a moment in time, to etch it into memory. It doesn’t matter whether it is a work of art or the most simplistic of scribbles, the sketch itself is not the end, but merely the means to the end.

Therein lies the dilemma: Do I dust around the sketchbooks and forbid them the light of day, or do I take them off the shelf and possibly bore you all to tears with an old fashioned, albeit drawn out, social media slideshow.

There it is. If you would like to see more sketches over the coming year, hit the Like button, get yourself a bowl of popcorn and sit back for the show. If not, I’ll probably just toss them…

{originally posted to Facebook}

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Tim Bjella

Principal architect and interior designer for Arteriors / Bjella Architecture.

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