Back in February, three blog friends (2 Australian, 1 USA) asked if I would be interested in joining them with a sketchbook collaboration. Karen Bailey, Occasional Artist , lives near Melbourne AU, Anna Warren lives in Sydney AU, Cathe Jacobi of Amaryllis Log (who I’ve recently connected with) is in Minnesota USA. All three women are amazing artists who’s work I deeply admire. Each artist will create and start a book, then send it on to the next participant. The sketchbook size was set at A5 and needed to be light weight for travel around the world. With 4 artists participating, there needed to be four full page spreads and one additional full spread for a collaboration page. The first half-page is also for collaboration and the last page is for info on what was created/inspiration. Oh, then there is also the part of actually CREATING the book to send around. Below is my bound book with an inset of marbled paper.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve been part of a collaboration and it was just what I’ve been needing. Something that pushes me out of my comfort zone and makes me connect with others. I chose the theme of “Water”. While vacationing on Maui, I couldn’t escape spending everyday in the water. Here in Oregon, our ocean temps are super chilly and not something you would dare enter without a seriously thick wet suit! Drought (lack of water) is also another concern for the Pacific Northwest. Winter snow pack and heavy rains didn’t materialized and our spring certainly arrived several weeks early. California is in much worse conditions and it will greatly affect the rest of the country for food production prices. It’s going to be an ugly summer season filled with major fires throughout the region.
The opening page shows water drops on a partly shaded leaf.
Collaboration spread has clouds in the upper right corner.
Full page spread of waves/water at the shoreline. The color is off in this image, missing more blues and greens. That’s always a problem, trying to capture colors accurately. Taking photos outside on cloudy days creates for different colors captured.
Please feel free to click on the above links to the other three artists. Their sites are varied and full of incredible work. I’ll be posting images of THEIR books as I add to the mix of drawings. Thanks for your continued interest!
Materials used: watercolors, micron pigment pen, Arches 300gm(140#) CP Watercolor paper, marbled paper, Lama Li paper, mechanical pencil.