In January I began ROOT: A 30 day sketchbook journalling project (with Lisa Senora Beam at www.lisasonorabeam.com. The sketchbook project is over for now but she provides great resources for artists, check it out) that has proven to be quite influential to my new studio work.
I have long been a fan of the sketchbook as an essential learning and experimenting tool for artists of all levels. So sketchbook projects pique my curiosity. Last year I developed classes focusing entirely on filling the sketchbook with a variety of 2dimensional mediums. We study, we practise, we let go of expectations. And this year I am going to finally take part in the Sketchbook Project out of Brooklyn, NY. (http://www.sketchbookproject.com/projects/sketchbookproject) This project takes small sketchbooks on a tour across North America, landing finally in the Brooklyn Art Library and in digital form if you choose.
I was excited to begin the 30 day challenge and it turned out to be a great way to spend the first month of the year. Daily practice is something I know produces great rewards but something I had not committed to for awhile. Thoughts, ideas and images overload me sometimes, and it is a relief to get them out of my head and into the sketchbook. The daily practice builds confidence, takes away specific expectations, and allows creativity to thrive without boundaries. (See my Spotlight magazine article on “Daily Practices” in March, find it at http://www.spotlightmagazine.ca/)
The daily practice is having a positive effect on my studio work by providing the habit of taking risks, disallowing premature judgement, and supplying me with pages of images from which I can glean inspiration for larger work. The new series will evolve privately in the studio as I work this spring and summer, but I thought I would share a couple of recent sketchbook pages.
(Eight weeks of Sketchbook Study 2 is currently underway but a new session of Sketchbook Study I will begin in early May at the Hive Artists’ Hub. Contact me for more information)