Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sketchbook Revisited: 2004-2005

We used to call them Sketchbooks.
Now the "In" term is Visual Journal.
Mine contain quotes, notes from things
I've read, sketches, plans, some finished
visual art, some unfinished ideas.

Above is a collage of magazine textures over a
background painted with poster paints.
Click on any image for a closer view.

An artist's quote and
my drawings...just to make me happy.
The top of this page's drawing was
inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe landscapes.
Pen and colored pencil.

Quotes from rock songs that I
heard on the radio. Drawing in
blue crayon.

Watercolor & pen of wheat field stubble--
view from my parent's living room window.
I was doing 'elder care' for my
96 - yr- old grandma
at the time, and every time I look at this
painting, I think of her.

Pen and watercolor --
birds are a challenge and
I believe I worked from photos
in a bird watcher's book.

Pen and colored pencil from a photo.

Pen drawing from a poster --
it was in McDonald's. They were promoting
the movie and the Happy Meals
had Lilo & Stitch toys.
I couldn't resist this
cartoon & caption!

Last but not least,
pen drawing of an antique family register
drawn from a library book photo. I wanted
to make a record of this layout, in case
I decided to utilize it for my own work.
These primitive records
are fascinating, often decorated with flowering
vines, angels, even coffins with the names
of deceased family members. Having
painted a family tree myself, I know
these are challenging to plan & execute,
but so satisfying to complete.


  1. I was struck by all the artistic beauty coming from your sketchbook, but the one that got me the most was what you did with ONE lowly blue crayon. STUNNING!!

  2. great eclectic collection.

    LOVE the blue face. so much exmotion conveyed.

  3. Dianne, these are so good to look at. I love that sketch from the photo. And your geometrics are always a draw for me. 'a draw' HA! i'm in the sketchbook project this year, well--next jan. when they call it the visual journal project, I'll probably not join.


    Actually, I like the term visual journal. If that's what it is for the artist. If it's not a journal, then not so much.

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  5. Thank you Berenike! I could not locate your blog, though. If you leave another comment with your blog address included, I will be sure to stop by!

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