Category Archives: Books

Snapshot From My Studio: February 15, 2017 11:23 A.M.

Seemed like I was making corrections …all day long today. Sketchbooks are good for this. Doesn’t have to be anything big, this is a small 6 x 8 inch sketchbook. I just make corrections over corrections. The end goal, of course, is to get it right, with the least amount of stress!

Working out a problem on paper, especially if you’re a visual learner, can show you the error of your way pretty quickly. A sketchbook graciously provides you with a private place for uninhibited thinking to find your answers.

I have more than a few notebooks, all for different reasons. Here are some ways you could easily use one:

  • Design a space for a room in your home

  • Plot a garden layout

  • Color charts

  • Sketches

  • Sketchbook Journaling … you know, for documenting the midnight swim on the night of the summer solstice

  • Nature Journals … chart the growth of that cactus!

  • Dream Journal (a favorite)

  • Recipe Journal, great for adding notes!

  • Diary

  • Morning Pages

Sketchbooks are good for all of that!

Would love to hear what you would use a sketchbook for.

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Are You a Little Curious About Silk Screening?

Before I got too involved with painting today I tried to organize a few neglected things, sketchbooks, loose sketches, things that needed a home.  I found one stray sketchbook that had been moved a few months ago from a hiding place in my old studio to a hiding place in my house, and then to another hiding place in the… Continue Reading

Handmade Journal Beginnings

Journals come in different parts. Making the pages, stitching the binding, designing the cover. I don’t make these often, but I love the process.  It’s actually a nice diversion while waiting for paint to dry on my canvas, or while waiting for an idea for a painting to work itself out. Continue Reading

The Legendary Blank Page

It seems to be a ritual, to stare, for a long while, at the first blank page of a NEW journal.  I buy a journal and then  …  “How do I fill page one??” You know, that one page that sets the tone for all the other pages.  The ritual begins: Put the journal down. Pick it back… Continue Reading