My Limited Edition Sketchbook
This has been keeping me very busy
and has literally been a labour of love.
My father, who passed away in 2010,
was a keen stamp collector and had
various collections. He was also an avid reader
of books and he adored wildlife.
I'm sad to say that I didn't take much interest
in his stamps - it was just something he did,
a quiet hobby. He was a quiet man.
As a child I have memories of him
standing in the kitchen, soaking his stamps,
whistling along to classical music on the radio
or listening to Radio 4.
When we had to accept that he was terminally ill
he asked if I wanted to take a collection.
He stressed that there was little, or no,
monetary value, but I 'might like the pictures.'
I brought home his collection of stamps
about animals, birds and insects
from around the world.
It was some time after he passed away
that I could bring myself to look at his
stamps. Wow! They are beautiful.
They sit on the shelves in folders,
which seems a shame.
They should be looked at and admired.
When I signed up to do the
Limited Edition Sketchbook Project
I chose the title
"Pictures and Descriptions".
I decided to complete my sketchbook
with the stamps as my inspiration.
I lined each page with old book pages,
gave them a coat of gesso and
painted the background.
The pages needed reinforcing
because the book started to fall apart.
Luckily this suits my style anyway
so I wasn't worried about having duct
tape and cardboard 'plasters'
holding it together :o)
I used quotes, poems, facts and proverbs
to describe the pictures.
I learnt quite a lot in the process of
making this book!
I enjoyed using colour and texture throughout.
While making the book I thought about my Dad
and remembered happy days :o)
One of the double page spreads will be selected
by The Art House Co-op
and will be published in a book.
A stamp (or two) that my Dad chose will
be seen by many.
This makes me happy.
I don't mind that I won't see this book
again once it's been sent off to
The Brooklyn Art Library as
the pleasure for me was in the making
and the remembering.
The 2013 Sketchbook Project will be launched
soon and I think I'll be signing up again.
In October the European 2012 Sketchbooks
will be coming to the UK and I'll go and see them,
maybe even say hello to mine
- The Encyclopedia of Me -
(you can see it here).
In the meantime I've got a gazillion
things to catch up on!
Thank you for wading through all these photos
and my blurble.
In loving memory of