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Simple art…simple pleasure

January 10, 2012

Sketch of round shape with jittery connections coming from it

I think it’s a good thing to revisit that internal process that moves you to make art. Sometimes it’s too easy to pay attention to what everyone else is doing—everyone else being other artists. Or to be overwhelmed by the vast amount of information pushed at us every day from myriad sources—information that somehow worms its way into our awareness and creates a tension about getting things done or staying “caught up.” So, it can be renewing to return to the basics and just find pleasure in making images, playing around with collage, or drawing doodles in your sketchbook with no particular agenda.

Quote from artist, Squeak CarnwathI talked before about the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project that I joined (sketchbooks due at the end of January). I was starting to get a little stressed about finishing it (starting it!) and getting it off to Brooklyn. But as I’ve been working on it, I’ve gotten caught up in just having fun with juxtaposing different elements from old books, my sketchbooks, and stuff I can add in Photoshop as the mood strikes me. Oh, yeah—I remember—this is one of the things I like about making art, the pleasure of arranging stuff that catches my eye in new combinations. It’s not deep, but it’s very satisfying, and I think there is meaning still hiding just under the surface of the visual.

I picked Writing on the Wall as my theme—the Sketchbook Project had lots of great theme choices. Below are some pieces of what I’ve done so far. The finished piece can only be 5.25 inches by 7 inches so it’s small and intimate.

The first little picture below includes the one-page statement about why I liked this topic, my empty pages, and the front and back covers that I made (clothbound) and punched for spiral binding.

The rest of the pictures are of the basic pages I’ve done so far. I created them in Photoshop—taking excerpts of text from old books that I’ve collected, and combining them with images or writing of my own. I printed the virtual collage on to the drawing paper that I sized for the book pages. The pages are foldouts, and I’m going to be adding to them with some more collage bits and pieces, and drawing elements after this first step….or not.

First pages from my sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project at the Boston Art Library

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2012 12:56 pm

    This is wonderful, truly.
    Than you fro sharing it!


    • January 21, 2012 9:03 pm

      Oh, I’m sorry I didn’t see your comment sooner! I must have missed an e-mail back to me through WordPress. Thanks for reading…and for your positive note. I appreciate it.



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