Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I've Fallen Off The Wagon

The sketchbook wagon that is. I’m not drawing, sketching or even painting as often as I should be. I feel that sketching or journaling is an important daily exercise for artists (whatever the medium) or anybody for that matter. My favorite blank books and journals are by Moleskine. Their Cahier Journals have the creamiest of paper and the Kraft covers make for wonderful, custom collage. Two, small Hard Black Cover Noteooks are kept in my purse –one for fiber designs and the other metal work ideas. I’ve filled up a few journals and small

black books but as I get busier with life my sketchbook time fades. To help my sketchbook workouts and with New Years’ fast approaching I found a New Year’s Challenge that I think I can actually stick with. I’m not one to make resolutions because I’ve never stuck to them. I would secretly love to do one of those 365 Days Blogs but I’m afraid it would end up being a day 25 then crap out! But this Sketchbook Challenge sounds very appealing.

Here's everything you need to know about how the Sketchbook challenge works (from the Sketchbook Blog):

"The sketchbook challenge is a new project launching on 1/1/2011. Follow along with us as we fill our sketchbooks based on a monthly theme that will be announced on the first of each month. Each month we'll announce a new theme on this blog and throughout the month we'll be showing you images from our sketchbooks and talking about the intention and inspiration behind them. Along the way we'll be sharing tips, techniques and tutorials. We hope that by giving you a peek inside our sketchbooks and showing you how different they all are that we'll inspire you to start keeping a sketchbook of your own. And of course if you do, we'll want to see some photos of your book too so we've designed a blog badge for you to put on your own blog to show your participation in the project. You can download the badge here. We encourage you to post photos of your sketchbook

pages on your blog and then post a link in the comment section of the Sketchbook Challenge blog so that others can look at your pages too! We've also set up a flickr group where you can post photos too. You'll find the group here. And that's not all! Thanks to the generosity of some terrific sponsors we'll be doing some givewaways and special shopping offers too!"

The view of Glacier Creek in Girdwood, Alaska on Winter Solstice with the temperatures hovering at zero.


ang said...

excellent!!! i'm in :))

TropiClay Studio said...

I signed up last week! Promises to be an interesting challenge!
Merry Christmas to all there in the great white North!

Tracey Broome said...

What a cool idea! Wesley is getting new moleskins for Christmas, she gets them every year, they are her favorite for writing. I also found one that is a film journal, perfect! I sat down with my sketchbook last night and roughed out some ideas for 2011, just trying to figure out where I go from here. There is so much promise with a new year isn't there! Hey, BTW, we got you card, really enjoyed looking at all the photos, thanks!

Peter said...

What a wonderful idea that challenge is... who knows, I just might give it a go too!

Merry Christmas to you. I often think of you and marvel at what you do with your art. We had a lovely young couple from Alaska visit our studio about a week ago... of course I asked them if they knew you! (they didn't, but you never know!!).

cookingwithgas said...

great idea- but I am such a slug . I might have to live through you all for awhile.
I have looked at me pencils lately but have not picked them up for a while.
Except to sketch a wee chicken on a paper towel.
I guess that counts!

Ann said...

Oh, how I wish I could draw! :) I would so do this!

Patricia Griffin said...

I'm in! Thanks for posting this Cindy. Great way to keep on track. I am a big believer in sketching.