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The sketchbook project 2012

One of my ex-students e-mailed me last year & told me about the sketchbook project. I was too late to enter the 2011 sketchbook project – but decided to participate this year.

I have had my sketchbook for some time now – but in the same way a blank canvas can be intimidating - this little book totally “freaked me out” when it arrived in the post. I spent some time just thinking, and thinking, and thinking …. I started by looking up some definitions of various words in the theme - I chose Along the Line out of 39 possible themes. I eventually got inspired by the old English definition of “line” – which is rope/cord or string. This motivated the cover & the string that connects every page in the book – I decided then that my drawings would all be composed around this string.

I see this line representative of a time line & I started writing down memories from my life. The first page references my love of trees and sparrows and the egg in the nest is supposed to represent me – yes, I know - a little obvious, but I do like the way the egg mirrors the loop in the string.

Pages two and three are supposed to represent my early years in Dundee, Scotland. I have quite vivid memories of rows of tenement buildings that completely enclosed everything. I used a photo of myself at three as reference – I am holding my teddy bear “Carfume” who still survives today. He has lost his “voice” and his arm has been sewn on at an odd angle, but still keeps me company in my studio at home. 

Many high school students can’t see the value of a Visual Journal and planning artwork. I thought I would share my “preparation” drawings here to demonstrate that the practice of planning for art is real.

Now I just have to worry about finishing the book!


Reader Comments (5)

This sounds like a really interesting project! how does one get involved?

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne Hoyer

Click on the link in the first paragraph and sign up :-)

August 24, 2011 | Registered Commenter[Joan Martin]

I love readign your blog Mrs Martin. This sketchbook idea is fascinating. I love my visual journals from my work at school and still have my huge face on my wall at home.:)

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercaitlin getkate

Thanks for the comment - i am pleased that u have kept your art. I often think that i put students off art by pushing them so hard!

August 26, 2011 | Registered Commenter[Joan Martin]

Beautiful drawings! I love the narrative you've got going and your use of sewn line is spectacular. So cool to find you on twitter!

November 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

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