Sunday, March 11, 2012

Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook project 2012

This year I participated in the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook project 2012. A wonderful, global project which encouraged me to throw aside any thoughts of a 'perfect finished piece', instead I was encouraged me to 'simply sketch'. 

I certainly look forward to the collection arriving in Melbourne at the NGV on Nov 10th-21st. I was also fortunate to share this experience with two very talented friends, Jan Allen and Chris Gould. It was great to chat along the way, offer suggestions, receive suggestions and feel supported, as our Sketchbooks formed into final pieces.  

The following video shows the final sketchbook and an introduction on the process I took. 

A little brown-covered sketchbook, with blank pages arrived in the post.
Oh what to sketch... I had selected the theme ‘In 10 minutes’
I wondered and pondered as I sat on a tram waiting for it to leave.
I started to write a poem about ‘waiting’, about time, about 10 minutes.
Then as the days passed I reduced lines of my poem to the strongest, most meaningful.
One line, each day, scribed in the sketchbook.
Each line was accompanied by a sketch - whatever came into my head first, is what I sketched. I came to know more about time, about being early or late, about waiting, about me, about the world around me.

I would encourage others to participate in this great project - you can sign-up for 2013 now!

The Sketchbook Project 2012 World TourThe Sketchbook Project is a constantly evolving library of artists' sketchbooks from across the globe.
This year thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at art spaces in 14 cities. After the tour, they will join the collection of the Brooklyn Art Library and made available to the public seven days a week.

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