Finally – my Sketchbook is Finished!
Anybody who is wondering where I disappeared to lately – here’s one of the things that’s been keeping me occupied. I’m sure you’ve heard of the Sketchbook Project, it’s all over the internet. I signed up to do one last July – and among the 4 or 5 themes they gave me to choose from, I chose ‘First Thing in the Morning, Last Thing at Night.’ It seemed like an ok theme, until I started trying to figure out what to do – and I was terribly uninspired. First thing, I decided, was to change the paper. The sketchbooks they send you are the basic moleskine (not watercolor) and I hate working on the yellowish, shiny paper they come with. My friend Dominique helped me to replace all the pages with one big foldout sheet of watercolor. She thought I should change the cover too, but the rules say you have to keep at least a part of the original. It still took me a while to move on the project – all I could think of were toothbrushes. Surfing around internet, fishing for ideas, I came across a discussion about insomnia here, and used the advice and comments as a basis for my book – kind of an illustrated conversation. Once I was started, it was a lot of fun. I’m awfully glad to be sending it off now, and to get back to painting other things. here’s a slideshow that gives you a glimpse – if you are in one of the cities that the sketchbook show will travel to (you can find out on their website) , go and have a look!
Click on any of the pictures to get a better look.