Inside My Sketchbook (Part 2 of 2) – Moving from A to Q…
I love keeping a sketchbook, now. I used to hate it – I didn’t see the point and didn’t have the discipline. Fortunately I came to see the error of my ways and embraced the idea of a sketchbook or “process book” (as that may be a bit more accurate) under my own terms.
I talk with my students a lot about cultivating a good sketchbook practice and try to share examples of what a sketchbook can be in order to dispel myths or stereotypical ideas of what a sketchbook “is” or should be. This helps to a point but I know it my heart it’s really something that they’ll either “get” or won’t and just because they may not hop on board at this moment in time, it certainly does not mean that they never will in the future.
Because my own sketchbook is such a huge part of my process I thought I’d share bits and pieces from the last six months (or so). I’ve been looking back through my trusted friend a lot lately because I’m coming to the end of the book and I’m also trying to expand on my ideas and generate some new work – why not share some of this reflection (if only visually) here as well.
The following are details of entries which show a more obvious progression for the scientific imagery that I began working with to the metaphoric imagery based on medieval beasts and characteristics, botanical forms, and art nouveau ornamentation that I’m currently exploring. In my mind, I simply flipped from A to Q but then, when I go back through my sketchbook I realize that this isn’t true at all. I feel like there is something here that I haven’t “seen” yet if only I’m willing to explore some of these transitions a bit more specifically.
As Leonard Cohen says: “Those who are earnestly lost, are lost, and lost again.” Eventually I’ll probably just end up back where I started – which will no longer be the same place at all anyway. But then… “Where ever you go, there you are.” (Bob Dylan)