Periodically this month, we will be posting "What The Sketchbook Challenge has Meant to Us," from most of the artists in TSC.
As I was drawing and painting this week, I was thinking about my involvement in the The Sketchbook Challenge, and what it has meant to me. My watercolor palettes are out of the paint cupboard and I now carry a pencil in my purse, instead of just a black flair pen. This challenge has brought me back to my roots of drawing and painting with watercolors. As some of you know, my main medium is fabric and making art quilts. Participating each month in interpreting the theme has been quite a challenge for me personally, but I feel that is important to continue to rise to the challenge.
It has brought me a new way to see my work as an artist, broadening my horizons, spilling me over and seeing little by little how I am branching out as an artist. The best part is that I am drawing - in my sketchbook, on labels, watercolor paper and looking at everyday items just a little differently of how they could be made into a book or a funky page. Imagine the possibilities. And truly, getting to know everyone in this challenge, to see the art world through different eyes and the sharing of ideas, friendship, inspiration and learning something new are just the icing on the cake. Thank you all.
- Jamie Fingal - March - Spilling Over
Radio Interview scheduled for August 7th on Artistically Speaking
My original intention when I started the sketchbook challenge was to get better at drawing realistically but after a few months it became clear that was definitely not my style. A few months into the challenge it became clear to me that my artistic voice comes through the strongest when I work in an abstract style. Up until this past year I was dabbling in a lot of different styles and techniques and while I was having fun I felt too unfocussed. The sketchbook challenge has really helped me to identify not only my artistic style but my voice as well and I’m well on my way to building a body of work that reflects that discovery. I’ve become much more disciplined about keeping a sketchbook and that’s really helped me to stay focused and more productive in the studio.
The SC has given me the opportunity to work with and know some of the most gifted artists that I know and I’ve watched in awe as all of you have posted thousands of photos of your incredible work inspired by the themes posted each month. Never in a million years did I imagine that the SC would touch and inspire so many people. The last 6 months have been an incredible journey and it’s been a privilege to have shared it with all of you.
- Sue Bleiweiss - apr 2012
Radio Interview was January 16th on Artistically Speaking
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