I have decided to use only graphite this week, to practice my drawing. I didn´t have enought time, but made two fast sketches anyway, one outdoors; at about 10 degrees and a mean wind on top of that, I didn´t last very long. Should bring gloves, always... I took some marsh marigolds with me instead (got my shoes all wet) and nailed down a very fast impression of them before dinner. I probably haven´t picked wild flowers since I was in fourth grade or something. I´m sure this is great therapy!
In one of the books I bought (probably the one by Thorspecken) it says that a sketch is by definition something unfinished; it is made to explore something. A sketch is finished when the artist is done with it. It is not an end but a process. I try to remember that and fight the instinct to over-work it.