Last year I was part of The Sketchbook Challenge, a blog created by Sue Bleiweiss devoted to challenging its readers to keep a sketchbook. You probably already know that Sue took her concept and authored a great little book (recently released by Potter Craft), and I was included!
The bulk of this book features sketchbook pages of 24 mixed-media artists, each working to a theme, and then taking the sketchbook pages to a finished painting, quilt, or artist book. It also includes text which each participant contributed to walk the reader through their process.
My theme was “symbols,” and I ended up choosing the rabbit as my symbol. The finished piece was this painting, which is titled “Sad Bunny” and now hangs in little Liam’s bedroom:
Sad Bunny, watercolor, gesso, pencil on wood.
Before painting, though, I made a 12-page medium-sized sketchbook with Fabriano hot press watercolor paper (140#), and filled the whole thing with different interpretations of rabbits. I was just trying to explore different media and ideas mostly, as well as draw from photo references so that I could get a better feel for how rabbits really look!
Here are a few spreads that made it into the book:
And, for fun, a few spreads that didn’t make it in (click to enlarge):
It was really fun to work with a theme in mind over so many pages — a way of working I don’t usually attempt (thanks, Sue, for the challenge!).
The Sketchbook Challenge Book Blog Hop:
Sue (a.k.a. “Sueperwoman”) has lined up a list of very generous sponsors who have donated prize packages (worth over $1100!) to give away during the hop.
Comment on this blog now for your chance to win
a $25 gift certificate to Joggles.com
(Joggles.com is a site which hosts online classes.) I will choose a winner randomly on Sunday, July 8th.
And the winner out of 170 commenters is #168 — artexpectations!
Thanks to everyone who commented (and said such nice things about my rabbits)!!
And don’t forget to check out these other blogs, where giveaways are already happening!
The Sketchbook Challenge Book blog hop is sponsored by:
My Creative Classroom http://www.mycreativeclassroom.com
ArtPlantae Today http://artplantaetoday.com/
Gelli Arts http://www.gelliarts.com/
Sue Pelland Designs http://suepellanddesigns.com/
ProChemical and Dye http://prochemicalanddye.com/home.php
The Thread Studio http://www.thethreadstudio.com/
Blue Twig Studio http://www.bluetwigstudio.com/
The Artist Cellar http://artistcellar.com/
And you can purchase a copy at any local bookstore or the following online outlets: