One of my challenges this year for myself is to sketch more and more, and not to overthink every single thing I draw or paint. 

I know that the more I sketch, draw, and paint, the better I get. I've already learned this.I also know that I will only continue to improve the more often I do instead of over-thinking. 

So, I've been sketching everything from everyday items, things that catch my eye, and the like. And it's helping my confidence, speed, and .... it's just fun to do!

sketchbook everyday items and activities

I have even played around with illustrations and sketches of some classic children's literature illustrations to use with some of my students. 

illustrations of classic literature

sketchbook classic childrens literature illustrations

It really has been fun, and it's already helped so much.