Since our unexpected snowfall that started a couple of days ago (See post earlier today) I have been sketching. It's something to do indoors for a few days and good practice.
I enjoy simple sketching. It's relaxing and stress relieving. Painting can be, as well, but it can also be stressful and difficult. Some paintings just flow off the brush and are a delight to paint. Others turn out to be work and take forever and a great deal of self discipline to finish. I usually can't tell what a painting will be like until I get into it. For this reason I usually have a few on the go at one time, so I can switch between them.
Sketching is always relaxing, with pencil or charcoal, as is drawing with soft pastels. My charcoal and pastels are all packed away, so I'm using a pencil.
Below are a few examples of sketches I have done in the past few days on a small pad with pencil only. All done from my small Dell tablet that is loaded with photos I have taken, for this purpose. I am working on a snow leopard today.