|Yesterday's winter storm in progress....cold....snow....more snow.|
I should know my world in January in Indiana well enough to know that trying to do one thing is impossible. I mean, just one thing. Like sketch. Or get a blog post up in a timely manner. I took all the photos of my old *thumbnail/scratchy* sketchbook and shoved them into the computer. This morning I got them into groups so that this post would not roll on forever.
A little background; I started this sketchbook probably 15 years ago. There are some sketches that turned into fiber art. I have no idea if I have photo reference of those pieces. Well....SOMEWHERE.....but I don't know where. So off we go!
I still favor the size of this book for rough sketches; it is a mere 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" and is perfect.
No intimidation.....it's tiny. If you screw up, it's just a little bit of paper. I always have used a Sharpie for work like this, though I go back in with ballpoint or pencil for fine notes. The ink runs too much for me to read later.
You can see the odd assortment of things sketched~~some with a visual guide like the Ampeg sticker (no, I never got an Ampeg amp....that sticker was as close as I got to one of those *to-lust-after* bass beauties....) and some things I just scribbled. The last photo is significant because those sketches turned into art quilts and were the start of my shrine series that did so well. I never did sketches once the series was started; it was enough to get the general idea down and run with it. One fed the next.
Other oddities; leaves from my Japanese Maple under a piece of contact paper, pictures from quilt catalogs glued over the bleed-thru, and my original *Anne-tangles*. For those of you who might not have believed I was surprised when these became all the rage.....this is why. Been there, tangled that.
Anyway, the CURRENT sketching project had a slight delay due to a SNOWSTORM that decided to deposit itself in our State, thus, quality time with the John Deere (waaaaay too much) and the beginning of my Michael deMeng class which I highly recommend to everyone with a desire to learn new art technique and for those with a sense of humor because the man is a riot!
First, I will show that I actually got the gesso on the previous tag....whoooo-hooooo!!!!! (insert sarcasm)
And then the books everyone needs, whether you're taking Michael's class or not because they are delightful and fun reading, plus amazing artwork.....
Somehow I don't think he would mind that I had a little fun with the photo....
Okay, there is no odd thing in my hand photo today because yesterday That plow was the odd thing in my hand all day, and I am doing good to type this morning.
But I do have e-mail Spam humor. As I live and breathe, this was the header:
Jamaica Awaits Me!
And I it.
Not happening......I can barely get to the mailbox.
And now it's off to studio land, to try and accomplish something while I sit and look out at the gloom and grey of the continuing snowfall.
No more plowing.
Jamaica awaits me, ya know!