This was one of those pieces that starts with doodling at the kitchen table while you're trying to get your third grader to do her math homework, but ends up being distracting: "Can I color one in? They look like oranges, not tangerines. How many are you going to draw? Can you make a unicorn now?"
This piece started out in my "sketchbook" (Country Living Magazine) but I liked it so much I pulled it out.
Sketchbook: Lead, gesso and collage on magazine spread
Do you ever feel hemmed in by the "type of art that you make"?
I do sometimes. I felt kind of funny about posting this sketchbook spread because it is so different from most of my usual work, and felt like most of you guys visit for the happy, pretty things that I post here, and not for something like this.
But the thing is: I really like this.
I really like messing around in my sketchbooks and making images just to make them without thinking about licensing possibilities, or shows, or if I could somehow transform them into a repeating pattern. I feel that it's important to just make stuff sometimes. Do you?
I've been working in a secret project (more on that later!) and a decent amount of design work on the computer, so it's been great to mess around in my sketchbook when I have a moment. The first spread below is from my newest sketchbook, inspired by Martha Rich, who makes her sketchbooks out of old magazines. This one is a Country Living magazine transformed with some gesso.