Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Sketchbook surprise

me with my mum and dad
I almost fell off my chair yesterday when Jo at Fiddlesnips emailed me to tell me that my Brooklyn Sketchbook had featured on the Arthouse Co-op's blog. It was the weirdest thing to see an object that I had made on someone else's blog, with photos taken by them and their thoughts on it. It made my stomach churn a bit but I was really pleased. The strangest thing is that I actually follow that blog but had somehow missed this post, which was written quite a few weeks ago. So my book has been 'out there' all this time and I didn't even know.
     Meanwhile, I'm driving myself near to madness, trying to get on with a biggish painting (which needs daylight so only do-able at weekends), gearing up to try to write a book and now, as if I needed another project, I'm trying my hand at making one of those sort-of-slideshow-sort-of-animations like the 29 Ways to stay Creative, but it's taking an age to do and I'm not at all sure whether it will be any good.
Finally, the above is a screen grab of the home page of a cool charity project. It has a triangle for every single of the 16 million-plus colours that can be used online. You go on the site, Own A Colour.com, and you can make a donation to 'buy' an individual colour. Then you can name it and add a note saying why you've called it that. I have bought #209548 which is a green colour, and I've named it 'Audrey's Green'. It's the sort of shade of green that my mum always used in her paintings for grass and leaves. I used to say to her that it wasn't the right colour (too blue) but she loved it and carried right on using it. What did I know anyway?

7 comments:

Joanna said...

Your sketchbook is wonderful and out of the thousands that are submitted, I thought it was totally appropriate that yours was one of the few that was showcased.

How touching that you've had a particular shade of green named after your Mum - a shade that she loved.

xx

Gina said...

Jane, that was a lovely review of your sketchbook and well deserved. Good luck with all your projects.

Menopausalmusing said...

Oh Jane, how amazing! Your sketchbook was so very, very personal and touching.

Printed Material said...

I think the artist that was your Mum would have loved having a colour named after her. A great review for that wonderful personal memento mori - no surprise to my mind.

Karen Pine www.karenpine.com said...

Your sketchbook looks wonderful Jane, not just a beautiful work of art but the story of your mum's life, loves and struggles. Inspiring, moving and well deserving of a special showcase on the Arthouse Co-op's blog.

Kitsch and Curious said...

Brilliant! Your sketchbook definitely deserved to be picked out and shown as an example of such a very creative approach to the project.

You're great at communicating feelings, in a very honest way, and people respond to that. Exciting that you're thinking about another book! Yay! Go you!!

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