Thursday, August 26, 2010

Work in Progress Wednesday - A Day Late!

I swallowed a huge chunk of fear and summoned up my courage to join in the 2011 Sketchbook Project. When my sketchbook is complete, I'll mail it back to the Art House Co-op and it will go on a tour of art galleries around the country with thousands of other sketchbooks before being put on permanent display in the Brooklyn art library.

I tend to have a hard time letting go of artwork that I put a lot of myself into and I know when the time comes to let this book go, it will be hard. So, I picked a theme I wouldn't necessarily long to horde and one I am all too familiar with, nightmares.

I've worked on 5 pages of the book so far and thought I would share my progress. My idea is to model the book after one of my somewhat frequently nightmare plagued nights. I often wake myself from one nightmare only to fall asleep and find myself falling into a different nightmare. I'm hoping to work the book in a similar fashion, running though a few different nightmare sequences. I'll also be working in different styles and mediums throughout the book.


  1. Wow, I am totally impressed, first that you would be able to commit to this project, kudos and 2nd that you could let these go.....fabulous work.
    Yes of course, I was back behind you when you took the turtle pix saying take more, cuz Linda will love them and I did and I love you too for being a goodie. The Olde Bagg

  2. Ooooo... I've been thinking about doing this too... I think that this payday I'll actually commit to it. ^-^

    Kudos to picking a topic that's not always an easy one. Nightmares... sigh... I hate them.

    Even though you've picked this topic & are basing it off some of your own less than good dreams, I'm looking forward to seeing this book progress from start to finish. ^-^

    I know this might be counterproductive to your sketchbook, but I do hope you have sweet dreams tonight! ^-^


  3. ~i completely understand your feeling of not wanting to let go...yet what an amazing opportunity for you and your art! these pages are magnificent and theme is wonderful...a theme some may steer away from but are capturing the essence of what happens at night perfectly...i am looking forward to sneaking over and reading about this project...sounds like quite an interesting self challenge...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

  4. This might be therapeutic for you, getting these dreams out. Perhaps working with them on paper might help to understand the symbols within them, so that whatever it is that is scaring you in them becomes known and less scary? (I'm a big believer in dream interpretation.)

    My first entry into my art journal was about something that had really upset me, and using art to express it was incredibly therapeutic. Thanks again for blogging about art journals!

    On Chico, I learned with Ashlee that she doesn't like enclosed litter boxes, and she thinks even the largest of litter boxes is too small. She would always pee right over the edge, if she even used it and not a corner. So I bought a large, round, plastic bucket type thing (the kind you could throw ice and beer in for a backyard BBQ) at the grocery store that has tall sides, about 10 inches high. It's about 20 inches in diameter. She hasn't peed outside of it or in a corner since! Don't know if that will help, but thought I would throw it out there.

    Also, BioKleen puts out a great enzyme product to help with cleaning up pet issues. :)

  5. wow! Great start! I started my sketchbook 2 months ago. I ended up writing a little poem and illustrating it- sort of like a kids' book. I then added clippings from magazine like a collage. It's not yet done. I hope to scan and copy it prior to sending it out. But it was a nice investment for my time.

  6. I am very impressed with your sketchbook thus far, and with you being okay sending it off on its own when you're done. Well Done!

  7. Beautiful!! And what a great way to face your fears.

  8. These are wonderful, even if they're inspiration isn't quite so wonderful for you. When the whole things finished it's going to be AMAZING. And who knows what it will reveal to you through the story it tells. It would appear you're facing more than one fear with this project, but that's not a bad thing. As for sending it off on a little adventure, well I say too right! You have a talent that deserves to be shared with the world!

  9. I'm so impressed! That project is so amazing and i'm inspired by the people that are day, maybe. lol

    i agree...doing this may be very cathartic for your nightmare-state...



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