Daily sketching and painting are pivotal in the refinement of an artist's skill set. Every day I either sketch, work in one of my art journals, or create some type of artwork either on paper or canvas, and I write. These journals and sketchbooks keep me fine tuning my observational skills, give me a template to practice new techniques, and offer a platform to work through ideas, issues, and concepts when text is added to images. The pages you see here are a sample of the books I am currently working in.
After taking an amazing art journal class from Julianna Coles, the importance of this altered book came full circle. I chose it because the Dadaist movement speaks to me, and the 1961 version of Perspectives on the Arts has a beginning section showcasing the artists who embraced that movement and blazed a trail. At the time I began altering the book I didn't realize how hard this book was to find....or how valuable it was to some. Nevertheless, I followed my artistic heart and it pulled me into the pages to creatively dance among the images and history of Rose Marie Beck, Di Nero, Cezanne, Diebenkorn, Man Ray, Ducham, and so many other artists being showcased during the 60's.
As you can see, I opted to honor a lot of what was on the page, incorporating my ideas and vision into theirs, and the journey gave me a remarkable understanding of how honoring the artists who have come before us is so very important. This coming November I will be having a solo show called "The Journal Speaks" based on my experience with these pages and the creative process, and you can view the paintings that are a result of this practice in the gallery above called "The Journal Speaks."
You can view the WIP images of each page in my FB album "Perspectives On The Arts Altered Book Project."