“Starting over” is an apt title for this post, as I haven’t posted anything here since February of 2011! The year 2012 has been the most difficult year of my life. I have turned – or returned – to art as my therapy of choice. I am pretty much starting over with drawing, sketching, watercolor – these seem to be the only things I can concentrate on at the moment, although there are so many other things that I “should” be doing! (Laundry, making dinner, finding room for all my “stuff” – and the list goes on!)
One project I have become involved in is the Sketchbook Project, through Art House Coop in Brooklyn, New York. When you sign up to do a sketchbook, they send you a small 5×7″ book. You pick a theme and then fill the book with whatever you choose to create. You can also make a book out of your preferred paper, as long as it remains the prescribed size. I have decided to make my own book out of hot pressed watercolor paper. I chose this paper because it accepts watercolor well, and is smooth enough to write on. The theme I chose is “Memoir,” which, of course, will be all about my son, Michael, who passed away in February at the age of 33.
I had dozens of ideas for the book, which was driving me crazy, and finally decided to do watercolor backgrounds on the pages, beginning with a bright, cheerful page and getting slightly darker as I work through them. I also wanted to include bits of songs, because I love music, and so did Michael – although we had quite different tastes in music! Here are the first two spreads.