No Sketchbook Project For Me This Year. well almost none.
For the past six years, I have participated in an art library project that's based in Brooklyn, NY called The Sketchbook Project. I've blogged about some of my projects as well as produced videos (YouTube Playlist Here) discussing the thought process behind the creation of the sketchbook. Each year, depending on where my focus landed for that particular time in my life, varied in story and technique. Here is a link to last years Sketchbook Project.
After completing the book for 2016, I decided to stop. I was a bit sad about the absence of this creative form of expression, but really didn't see the return on the investment. It seemed as if the Sketchbook Project wasn't as invested in getting exposure to the original books or in building a network among the artists.
Feel Like Doodling?
Sure enough, as I was wondering what I was going to do in place of my former sketchbook projects, I got an email from my friend, Beth Reese titled, "Feel like doodling?" My thought was, "ALWAYS!"
Living in beautiful West Virginia on Taproot Farm, she was in need of some creative contributions for her Kickstarter for a new and wonderful project, The River House. The River House is a historic property that was falling into disrepair. It was purchased and renovated by Tim, Beth and many, many others. The space will be used to awaken the arts community local to Capon Springs. Live music concerts, art classes, and some amazing local food will be available by the end June 2017 when the doors officially open. So many gifted volunteers have donated their time, talent and sweat to bring the building and property to life. Learn more about the wonderful project and Grand Opening on their website, theriverhousewv.org.
The Plan and The Process
I always like to have a plan. My task was to decorate ten plain, locally made, brown chipboard covered, sketchbooks. I wanted to link the cover art to the essence of The River House while not overworking the cover. I wanted to make the book look inviting, and avoid having too much. My thought was to have ten words inspired by the location and mission of The River House; one word per book. It's powerful what images a single word can motivate. To follow is the collection with a brief explanation.
Please enjoy and let me know which one(s) speak to you most. I have some favorites for sure.