Thursday, November 18, 2010

the eagle has landed

yay! my sketchbook arrived yesterday :) ...also, my lambswool cowichan birthday-present-to-myself sweater from aritzia arrived on the same day which is a little fitting as i keep thinking of my sketchbook as a warm cozy little hideaway with blankets and tea. (on a side note here: i am not girly, nor do i really care about clothes too much, but i'd be happy to never take this sweater off again. i love it and it has a horse pattern in it which reminds me of my papa and his old wool sweaters :) Anyway, i forgot to take the sketchbook to work today, and it's slow here, so i'll just blog about it instead of doing anything in it. one thing i read about these moleskin sketchbooks is that people were complaining the pages were very thin. the paper feels awesome, but yes, they're thin! maybe too thin for what i have in mind so i might double up on my pages, which would essentially cut my book by half. but that's ok.

i have so many projects i feel like i'm in the middle of right now, and ones that i have to start for the holidays coming up so this might just be the escape/distraction that i need. that's what i do, you see instead of tackling one little thing on a giant list i just do something else until i can take a big chunk off the list all at once. i get more pleasure that way instead of only seeing small progress. either way, it'll all get done! commissioned paintings for the holidays, needlefelting/paper mache project, and embroidered holiday presents to finish.

speaking of holidays our 'holiday parade of lights' is this saturday evening! and yes, i'm already excited to wear my new sweater there. nerd!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's like a concert tour but with sketchbooks!

it's been quite a while since i've blogged regularly and sometimes i miss it. i seem to be taking on some new exciting projects so i figured i'd start them some kind of a home for me to keep tabs on them, and watch them grow. it's simple math really.... bad memory + good camera = visual journaling.

i am (im)patiently waiting for my sketchbook to arrive from brooklyn ny so i can transform it before it starts it's journey. you see i signed up to be a part of a huge traveling art show involving thousands of sketchbooks! they will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the states with shows in cities such as Brooklyn Ny, San Francisco CA, Austin Tx, and Chicago Il to name a few!

my theme which is 'jackets, blankets, and sheets' was chosen randomly for me. i am too indecisive to pick things like that. but i actually love my theme and although it is only a starting off point i think it goes nicely with my new found love of embroidering. this theme makes me feel cozy. like i want to build a fort. so i think that's the direction i'm going to go in... thinking of being wrapped up in blankets with tea, or sitting by a fire with an oversized jacket on in autumn or climbing into bed between some comfy fresh sheets. can't wait to get started!!

hope you will check back often as once i get started on something i usually go a little overboard and will hopefully be posting a lot of progress as i work on it. either that or i'll hit a block or get distracted with other things(probably christmasy craft things). either way, check back.