I was asked what I do with sll these little morning sketches and studies. Well first I date them and record my references (if any) on the back. I do not sign them but may go back and do that some rainy day. Then I slip them into a sleeve. I purchase these from Amazon. Very reasonable. 100 in each pack. Free shipping.
I cut my watercolor paper to this size and stack them on my work table. Its my favorite size.
I file the finished works by subject. Abstracts. Landscapes. Trees. Animals. Beach scenes. Etc. I look back through them often. Reviewing and critiqueing my own work. What did I like about this one. Or what did I learn from that one.
Originally I kept everything in chronological order. I am a trained archivist so know the benefits of "original order". But this is not an archive - it is a working studio. With the documentation on the back I could easily return them to that order should I want to. Usually I post to this blog so there is a running archive online.
A few of these sketches are framed or displayed here and there in my house. I have not sold any of them and do not intend to sell. Sometines i wish I had painted in an art journal. - but then would not have the flexibility to change the order.
One day I may want to see the use of a particular color. Like putting the blue in the feathers on todays sketch. Ive only done that for a few months. Or looking back to see certain compositional elements. I see that roads leading into landscapes are now a favorite I have recently come to appreciate.
Having sketches loose, yet protected, allows me to sort and move and use them easily.