Category Archives: Artist Sketchbooks

Inch of the Day 9 September 2015: Horizontals and Verticals: Walkers and Watchers


An enigmatic title. Words – they come into your head … Continue reading

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Inch of the Day 5 September: My Art House Coop Sketchbook Performs In Oakville and Thoughts on Posterity


Posted on the Downtown Oakville (Ontario) Facebook page – a picture of someone holding my sketchbook. That’s one well-groomed thumbnail, I have to say. And the cuticle a full half-moon (as opposed to a full moon, or even 37 full moons). That coffee filter eco print (under the thumb) is well on the way to becoming a quarter moon, don’t you think? Continue reading

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Tumblr Features My Work : The Dust of Life


Tumblr emailed me to say they’d featured a couple of spreads from one of my Arthouse Coop Sketchbook Project sketchbooks in their BS Project. Continue reading

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Arthouse Coop Sketchbook: Digitised and Online – and On Show in Atlanta, Georgia


I’ve just had word from Art House Coop that my 2015 Sketchbook, which will shortly be touring to various US venues, is now digitised and is available for viewing at this link:
https://sketchbookproject.com/library/16142 Continue reading

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Arthouse Coop Sketchbook Tour 2015: An Accidental Technique


With the deadline in 4 days to get this off to New York, I’m as usual, going to be working right up to the line. I must have a thing for dangerous edges. No wonder I fall off cliffs. Here’s a couple of pages that I put together just for the purpose of printing off and cutting up for inclusion into my little mystery. They aren’t meant to be interesting in themselves, but well … Continue reading

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Eclipses, Bloodlines and Blood Moons


My visual journal entry to mark the week. A week of eclipses (two). I’m using blackish tones in this little piece. One black obscuring another. The brownish-black squares are the front and back of two used (blackcurrant?) teabags from my ever-increasing stash. Square black moons placed over another used teabag – of green tea and it’s yellow-white. There’s two semi-circles pencilled-in at the bottom of the top moon and the top of the bottom moon. I’m going to stick these with the tea-dyed embroidery cotton that rests under the red line. This is a bit of red recycled sari silk. It represents a bloodline. It weaves right across and separates the landscapes of the two suns and around the top of one of a growing collection of black round stones I am digging up at the allotment. Broken open, they are red. It may be bloodstone. Gem buffs out there, help me. I’m calling this a blood moon. Continue reading

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Arthouse Coop Sketchbook Project 2015 – Progress


A few pages shuffled
my hands uncertain
tentative as always.
One’s full of tears

as I am tears, and bad repairs
that won’t last, of remains
of lives that didn’t. But their stories
are beautiful, aren’t they? Continue reading

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A Winter Hexagon


One of my preoccupations these days – hexagons. This eco print hexagon made me think constellation.

I researched hexagonal constellation and came up with a Winter Hexagon of six stars, Capella, Aldebaran, Rigel, Sirius, Procyon and Pollux.

Capella is a star in the Auriga constellation. Aldebaran is a giant orange star in the constellation of Taurus. Rigel is in the Orion constellation. Sirius is a star system. Procyon is in the Canis Minor constellation. Pollux is in the Gemini constellation and is a giant orange star. Continue reading

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Walking off a Cliff: Creating when Injured


I did. Well, I slid part way down the bottom bit and smashed my shoulder, a week ago today. Might need surgery. Fingers crossed. It was all very dramatic. Two ambulances. (Did they think I was in bits that would … Continue reading

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International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists


I’ve just been accepted into the membership of the International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists. It’s well worth a visit – an Aladdin’s cave of images, techniques, approaches and philosophies. Where is my swag bag? Continue reading

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