Art Journals & Sketchbooks

There are always journals, sketchbooks and bundles of paper around me, to mop up ideas, to catch overheard words, splashes of color, snippets and bits.

They become home to the off-cuts and the trimmings from the ongoing projects orbiting my workspace.

These are all idea seeds which, if not caught between the pages of a book, could vanish forever. Instead, this is where they germinate.

I use a lot of found papers, book pages, old maps, junk mail and the like for my painted papers.
I especially like when little parts of the printed words peep through.

The printed fragments are like the background sounds in the scene: the birdsong, the traffic noise, the conversation chatter I can hear but  not actively listening to.

Book of Days

Since mid 2020 I’ve been working in a gigantic 600 page sketchbook. [Read more…]

My plan is to add a double page spread every week.  At this rate the book will span several years. I’m super excited to see what emerges!

It’s evolving as a visual diary, filling up with the oddities circulating in my thoughts and snippets of the projects I’m playing with along the way.

Periodically I’ll make some flip through videos like these.

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Brooklyn Art Library housed over 41,000 sketchbooks from over 130 different countries.  

I contributed a book to this collection each year from 2018 to 2021.

The library is no longer open to the public, but you can see flip-throughs of all my books here.