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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Square "D" ~ Kinky 2 ~ Sketchbook/Journaling ~ In Bruges

Square "D"
"Save a seat for Kinky 2" for Canvas by Canvas
This is a commission for a larger version of our "Kinky" painting and you can see it On the Easel in progress.
Our easel paintings will be moved out to our paintings when finished so you might need to just check the Paintings menu if the link doesn't work. It depends on the time factor when you read this post. I finished this yesterday at TUG and we are starting another painting of an old Mercury. (We will have a show there in July and more to come.)
The CBC painters ate Mexican food at El Gabacho and for the second time (yeah, for us) we tucked our sketch books in our bags and sketched something in the restaurant while we waited for our food. The owner loves John Wayne and now I wish I'd tried to sketch something about "The Duke" but just stayed with a pepper shaker (last week it was the salt) and the menu holder and a torn Sweet and Low packet. No, I'm not posting it yet. El Gabacho means Gringo and it's located at The Shoppes at Brownstone Village in Arlington. Good service and good food.
My wish is that we'd started this routine of "lunch sketching" years ago but we always have a lot to discuss and it's a challenge to quieten down and just draw for a few minutes. This whole process has inspired me to get out some of my sketch books and start making entries again. I love sketchbook journaling and blogging has taken up journaling time but there's great joy to me to look through old journals and remember the activities and on some entries I actually quoted short conversations and that is a hoot.
This entry was made in October, 2003, after I purchased Dory Kanter's Art Escapes and there is no telling how many people she has inspired with this book. I wanted some of my painting friends to join me going through this book and thought the best way was to entice them with food. I prepared a lunch with candles!! (probably haven't used them since), found some red backpacks on sale and bought each guest one, invited them over and said no talking, we're having journal school before lunch, and asked them to join me in going through the book, taking turns hosting with a sack lunch, and teaching some of the exercises. The group eventually came to be know as "The Red Bag Ladies", the school exercises idea flailed around for awhile as others didn't like playing "school" like I did, but it evolved into another level of commitment. Thanks, Dory, for a great book and I'm joining you for a Mexico trip one of these days.

The Red Bag Lady Journal Entry 9 x 12 Canson All-Media Journal


The photo below is a favorite way of journal keeping from January 2006 and it is not an original idea and it uses the comic book page look. A quick sketch about the day or week's activity, and color can be added later. You can mention the weather, music, a DVD watched or a New Year's Eve resolution or I see here I glued in information about a medical procedure. Yuk! And I made it through about February before tackling another project. I see I mentioned Robert Burridge "batons", sticks I'd gathered up at a painting retreat in east Texas in preparation for my first Burridge workshop. Since then I'm preparing for my 4th workshop with him in Cloudcroft, NM.


And speaking of DVD's, I watched "In Bruges" this week and would suggest you read about it in the Internet Movie Database in the trivia section if four letter words are a problem and it's rated R. It is a different kind of movie and they're calling it a dark comedy, a morality play filled with symbolism, churches and a religious painting, "The Last Judgment" by Hieronymus Bosch figures prominently.
The Bruges tourist office (www.brugge.be) has produced a movie map and an “In Bruges” package at several hotels in the city.
After viewing the painting "The Last Judgment" my little sketchbook/journaling pages looks pretty benign. But I did learn a little more about Belgium and Bruges and Bosch.

7 comments:

Nick said...

I love that comic book sketch journal idea!!!!! I'm dying to do it, but it means something else will get left undone. What to do??? Shut up and do it anyway?!

Nancy Standlee said...

Hi, Nick I first saw the idea in Artist's Sketchbook, Oct 2005 issue, artist Lydia Velarde. (Or get up 20 minutes earlier...NOT..) Oh, yes, she has a blog
http://www.artyvelarde.blogspot.com/
I'm going to do this again..for sure and my drawing skills certainly need the practice.

Arty Velarde said...

Thank you for the credit! I like your journal page it looks pretty colorful!
Oh, I am currently in Dawn Sokols book 1000 Artist Journal Pages. http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1592534120/ref=sib_dp_ptu#reader-link

It comes out this month. I can't wait to see other artist's pages. Good luck with everything... Lydia

Arty Velarde said...
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Nancy Standlee said...

Hi, Lydia
Thanks for the Amazon link to the new book with some of your art work "1000 Artist Journal Pages" and I ordered it immediately.

doudy said...

Hello Nancy,
I hope you like my post:

http://paintingartworks.blogspot.com/2008/07/seascape-in-watercolors-nancy-standlee.html

Thanks again

btw you comic skethbook is very nice!!

Stephanis said...

I see you are advising the tourism office in Bruges (Brugge.be) for finding a hotel in Bruges. Well it could be worth the while to have a look at Bookyourhotel.org for your hotel as often they have better promos than the Tourism offers.