The Sketchbook Project

Late last year I decided to participate in an international sketchbook project; so did 28,838 other people! The project is sponsored by Art House Co-op. Each participant paid a fee, received a small sketchbook, and selected a topic from those offered by Art House. Medium and method were left entirely to participants. In order to participate in exhibits and tour with the other sketchbooks, they needed to be filled and returned by early January 2011.
Art House Co-op Sketchbook Tour opened on February 19 at the Brooklyn Art Library. We have not yet heard exactly how many sketchbooks were returned; no doubt it was a huge number.  You can read about this fun project at the Art House Co-Op website, see names of artists participating, the places and dates for the touring exhibit, and many many many photos of pages from sketchbooks which artists have uploaded. I followed ALL the guidelines for the Sketchbook Project. That means you can see my picture, read my profile and see a selection of my pages on the Art House Co-Op site.
If the Sketchbook 2011 Tour comes to your city, or near you, please check out my sketchbook and enjoy it. It’s cover is bright green; it’s topic is IT MUST BE……….ENVELOPES. Inside my sketchbook you will find many colorful collages of envelopes, including several pop-ups. I’m wondering if it will survive the tour, since it is an interactive sketchbook. It has envelopes which can be opened, messages inside them which can be unfolded and read, and other items which invite the viewers’ participation. I’m not really concerned about its survival; I want it to be enjoyed.Sketchbook front

I’ll add a couple of pictures here which aren’t on the Art House Co-op website. In a later post I will add some information aboutSketchbook title page
my long term involvement
with envelopes and what they
mean to me.

The title page, left, has a cut through window with an envelope which is bound with strings and embellishments.

Spiral page

The spiral page, right, has an envelope with a message inside.

I hope to see the Sketchbooks when they are in Austin, TX March 12 at the Austin Museum of Fine Art.

New Mexico Magazine

In the March 2011 issue of New Mexico Magazine, I was featured in the article “Art Is Life” by Wolf Schneider. The article looks at a number of New Mexico artists who have used art as part of a physical recovery process from serious illness.

The assemblage triptych “Postcards From My Heart” was reproduced with the article. You can see that image on my “assemblages” page.

A small detail of the painting “Taking Flight” was reproduced on the Table of Contents page in the magazine. This is the full image:

Taking Flight

“Taking Flight” watermedia painting on paper, 22×15 inches