Entry: sketchbooks (Danny's little movie Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Maybe my rudder is bust. I've been wading around in my creative muddle puddle only inching towards any good works. Coupla paper dolls here, a few silly sewing projects there, and even some small paintings but nothing that feels whole.

Luckily, I have almost everyone of my sketchbooks from when I started really drawing (around age 14) to now (just a few years shy of triple that). Looking through these books makes some sense of the indecision that marks these slumps, these down-in-the-dumps moments. My books hold evidence of many previous muddles and their resolutions. The books are full of indecisions and revelations, a fascination with the way people stand, sit and stare out windows in public spaces, and drawings of feet and trees.
My sketchbooks are not my life, but they are compasses in my life. Maybe they're the rudders?

I see that direction-giving sketchbook function in this little video that Danny Gregory made for his Illustrated Life book. For a someone (Danny) who has done so much to share his own sketchbook and drawing stories to flip through all of those magic books is just awesome. I put it here so I can watch it about fifteen million times.



My books are also the archive of all of those public lectures I drag myself to in an attempt to keep learning and avoid stagnation. Last week I listened to Thrity Umrigar talk about her writing (growing up in India, being a journalist in Ohio for years, and putting politics into her stories). She held the room in attention as she spoke eloquently, humorously, and smartly about her work.



I didn't quite catch a resemblance but had some fun drawing her as I recorded her words, but I need to read them I think. More about Thrity Umrigar is here .


that's all I have to report kids, I am now back to muddling through this puddle, to making something that needs to be made. All can be revised and recycled, after all, and maybe it's the risky-living vividness of all those old sketches and all of those smart people talking that can move me along...
Rachael

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