January 31, 2012
It’s January 31, the deadline for sending in a sketchbook to The Sketchbook Project 2012. My next stop is the post office.
When I first read about The Sketchbook Project it was almost too late to request to be part of it. This is how it worked: I signed up, sent them money, and they collect, scan, catalogue and show thousands and thousands of sketchbooks done by artists all over the world. I love this concept, and the way it has been implemented.
I draw nearly every day, so there was no question in my mind that this is something that I should be part of. The sketchbook they provided is modest in size: 7″ x 5 ” containing 8 folded papers to created 32 drawing pages. At first I thought it was a bit too small, but I grew to appreciate its diminutive size as it was easy to fill, and not too precious to send off.
…but I messed with it only a little. Cut out a window, replaced the staples with sewing. In fact I like the look of the board. I thought of drawing on the cover but chose not to.
I filled most of the pages with sketches. I worked in it the same way that I work in my own sketchbooks: I find something that’s challenging to draw, then I draw it repeatedly until I feel like I better understand the visual language of the object. I also wrote on a few of the pages. At first my thoughts were trying to push through, so I let them. But that didn’t last long.
This is what I most liked about getting involved with this sketchbook initiative: they sent me emails reminding me to sketch. OMG, no one has ever done that for me before. I get emails reminding me to pay bills, show up for meetings, to take political actions etc etc, but no one sends me emails encouraging me to sketch. I love being reminded to draw, irregardless of whether or not I need the nudging.
Since this book is being sent off to Williamsburg Brooklyn, just a few blocks away from where I lived for many years, and right in the area where my friend Jose Gaytan took thousands of photos during the 1980’s and 90’s, I decided to dedicate my book to him before I sent it off into the world.
And off it goes………..