sketchbook love

While Dallas, Steven and my Dad were out in dad’s fishing boat yesterday, I stayed home and made time to work in my moleskin journal for the Sketchbook Project 2011. It had been a while and I was itching! The last time I checked the stats there were over 12,000 participants signed up! This project, and many more projects, are run by The Art House Co-op. They organize huge art projects as “a way to create a community of artists and give anyone a chance to be part of something creative.” Wow! I love this idea and want to thank Sharon Walworth for originally sending me the link to the Sketchbook Project, thinking it would be something I would like. I love it!

You have seen this page below before, but now you will see the next spread I did, peeking through the ‘sun’ I left open, on the right. Click for more detail.

The new page I worked on yesterday is below –click for more detail. I like how you can see back through the window of the sun to the sailboat . . .

I used a lot of transparencies on this spread, of photos printed out with my ink jet printer. The ones of Steven and I are laying on top of one of my favorite coffee dyed tags that I made when preparing for the Technique Tag swap. Steven said it looked like a map.

There are also watercolor crayons, Butterflies from ARTchix Studio, Pearl Ex pigment powders, transparencies from an old garden catalog, quotes snipped from old magazines, and a manipulated photo of the home Steven and I are in the process of purchasing . . .

I think I have said this before but I will reiterate: when I signed up for this project I did not have any plans on what I would do, I just wanted to be a part of it. I chose the theme “This is not a sketchbook” because it’s funny; it IS actually a moleskin sketchbook! And also because I thought it would give me a lot of freedom in whatever I decided to do. I did not think I was going to be creating an artist’s journal, with personal writing /journaling included. As I said before, it feels right to me -- like this is what I should be doing and imagine will continue to do! Not everyone would be comfortable with this modus operandi and even though I do feel a bit exposed sometimes, this is how I work -from my heart. I want to do the same for this project. It will not bother me to send this sketchbook away to join the rest in the project when it is complete. I want to send my art off, myself really, to be part of this collective. Making the art is enough for me. I have a record of it via scans and photographs and I elected to have the Art House Co-op digitize it for their website as well. And it has been wonderful that many artist friends, swap participants, and students have joined me on this journey as well – sketchbook love!!