Whilst in New York I had the opportunity to make a few sketches and notes of the view, as shown in my previous post.
I thought I'd write a little more about the reasons I use a sketchbook in this way.
It is important to be able to record a particular aspect of what I'm looking at. In this case it was the vast scale of the buildings of the city, in contrast with the cars and people below.
The pen was a really quick way of making a few lines to capture just that.
As an artist who prefers to work in situ I find such notes very useful on occasions where a particular view (in this case from my hotel room) is unlikely to be available to me again. These are the sort of visual notes that draw me back to both a subject and place.