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Linear

Sketchbook Project 2013                 Graphite

Injectable image visualization;)

Beyond Barriers

Sketchbook Project 2013     Graphite

No matter what sort of beyond, there are intriguing spaces to travel.  Unfortunately, there may be limitations.  Some places are dangerous, ill advised, some not yet possible.  But, the mind’s eye can lead you… anywhere.  Where do you want to go?

Gone Fishing

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Fishing for…information, gossip, compliments, sustenance, trouble…             Ideas?

Space Invasion

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Up to you, how to see this one.

Past

The Sketchbook Project 2013             Graphite

From family photos, a collage of images brought together through sketch.  The past rearranged.

The Lake

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I’ve entitled this sketch,  ” At the lake” because…   I’ve  always enjoyed trips to a lake.  But..there’s something exciting and a little bit creepy about the surroundings;murky water, snakes, mystery lurking.  This sketch captures how I felt as a kid, near the lake.

Dreamplay

Sketchbook pages 11-12

Lightening up.   A playful, mostly linear teen-dream.

White Charcoal

I’m giving the graphite a little rest and working on Canson Mi-Teintes, nicely textured black paper with a white charcoal pencil.

I’ve no idea what this is about, except that my garden pig plays a starring role;)

Sketchbook Project 7-8

Smudging

Sketchbook pages 5-6 graphite on block printing paper

To smudge or not to smudge.. three schools of thought, I think..

Some are opposed to using a finger or an implement to blur and fill with graphite, feeling that it’s a muddy and lazy process.  Others feel it’s the only way to modulate values.  Still others don’t make judgements about the do’s and dont’s of  technique.  Clearly,  I feel comfortable in the last camp;)

Sketchbook Project 2013

Done it again! Signed up for 2013.

This year, I’m committed to graphite with a touch of white acrylic here and there to pick up what the eraser can’t.  It’s all about the values, and an other worldliness.  My  objective is to concentrate on basics; strengthening my compositions through black and white values, and giving my right brain a work out, but keeping it raw, (resisting the temptation to refine).    I’m also experimenting with different papers. I’ll  eventually paste the pages into the sketchbook.  I’m  reserving one color perhaps, to introduce  later on..maybe;)

Above are pages 2 and 3.  Lots more to come.

Our Sketchbook Project 2012

Saturday I mailed out our sketchbook for the  Sketchbook Project 2012 ‘s  January 31 deadline-whew.

It’s a project I’ll always remember because it’s a collaboration with my son Julian.  Julian inspired the concept, and we worked together truly as a team.

While I will forever treasure the memories of being a mom for my children when they were small, it’s a different kind of joy to work with my grown-up son as a friend and fellow artist.  Also a joy that our book will take a journey that we aren’t able to take ourselves, to fourteen cities around the world, and then return home to live at the Brooklyn Art Library.

I’ll be putting together a PDF of Water Music soon.   There are more collaborations with my grown-up kids coming this year.  I’m looking forward to sharing them with you.

A Page From My Sketchbook

*Update: A fellow artist mentioned that she would like to see the original sketchbook entry without the influence of Photoshop.  Great idea, so..here it is.  Oh, I should probably say that the deep blue is acrylic paint smudged onto a blue watercolor wash with an old (worn out 😉 credit card).  The “drawing” is simply herding shapes into figurative images with a black sharpie and a white Prismacolor pencil.

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I don’t sketch enough.  I draw just about every day, but it’s always with a project in mind.  So, I decided to stretch the creative muscles and sign myself up for The Sketchbook Project.  I didn’t let myself think about the theme, but picked a theme on impulse.  I chose “in ten minutes”, figuring that this theme was about as open to interpretation as I could hope for.

The sketchbook has arrived but I haven’t actually started yet.  It looks a little scary.  It’s absolutely  pristine.  Kind of funny that I picked up my old sketchbook to plan the new one.  I enjoyed looking back on some of the old pages so I’ll be posting many of them.  This one I played with just a tiny bit in good old Photoshop.

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