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living in a space between

27 Jan

I’m getting close to finishing my Art House Co-op sketchbook project, which is a good thing considering it has to be postmarked by the 31st. I have already shared a few of the finished pieces with you and am excited to continue sharing my progress over the next few weeks. The new piece I’m posting today was inspired by the existing spread, pictured below, from my 2011 sketchbook project that got lost in the mail.When I had originally created that image, I’d been living back and forth for almost 15 years between my family’s residences in BC and Alberta; so in a way, that piece was like a landscape portrait of my home. Since I’ve been in 100 Mile House for over a year, I had to figure out what landscapes I was now “living between” in order to inspire the imagery for the next couple pages my 2012 sketchbook.  100 Mile House is just north of Kamloops, so it’s fairly centered in BC between borders; I chose an image of the water in the west coast of BC, and one from the other edge of this gorgeous province, of the Rocky Mountains. I really enjoy how I cropped the landscapes to have the tree line continue through both images and have the water line and reflections of the left image connect with the patterns of the wildflowers in the field from the image on the right. The quote from last year’s book was written out with my typewriter in black ink onto a silver dot patterned paper. A metallic orange scrap book paper was chosen to make a frame for the new composite landscape. I love both of these sketchbook spreads! I just wish they were real landscapes where I could build gorgeous log cabins to spend endless days drinking white tea on the veranda while drawing and watching wildlife…

i remember you: the beginning

16 Jan

As I mentioned in my first post about my 2012 Art House Co-op Sketchbook Project, I am creating a homage to my “Figuring You Out” 2011 sketchbook (which sadly got lost in the postal system). The first place to start with my new blank book was of course at the beginning, so I tackled my new 2012 title page, using this photo as inspiration:Naturally I knew I wanted to draw my fur texture/pattern all over the first page with the theme’s title written out in white. ‘Replicating’ the inside cover page on the left wasn’t as important to me. The theme I chose for my 2012 sketchbook is “I Remember You”; very fitting considering my honorary plans for this book. I decided to draw the title in a cursive/handwritten style font, because the making of this book so far feels as though I am writing a heartfelt letter to a long lost friend. For the inside cover, I decided to use something that would compliment the title page aesthetically. Gold leaf is one of my favorite materials, expecially for it’s subtleties in texture, reflection and tone – a perfect contrast to my hundreds of tiny black ink lines and white script on the opposing page. Gold is also a symbol of importance and wealth, which speaks to the richness of my memories of the lost book and how much creating this homage means to me. I am excited with the first results of this project, and I can’t wait to keep making more. Since I am drawing inspiration from the existing spreads of my lost 2011 sketchbook, I have a lot of my new ideas already mapped out, which leaves no need for me to be intimidated by the blank pages. I’m looking forward to sharing more with you soon!