During last week's book binding/journal painting workshop we sat in the sun in big comfortable Adirondack chairs, painted our lunches, and talked about food, gardening, cooking . . .
The two days of the workshop, Thursday and Friday, were absolutely perfect - warm and sunny. And the sketchbook journals that were made were absolutely beautiful - colorful and creative.
The idea of having the journal painting day as part of the bookbinding workshop is to get the book binders to "bond" with their books. The books take a whole day to make and are very precious - not something you'd mark up, throw in your paint bag, possibly goof up a page here and there - unless of course, you were paying someone to coax you into making those first marks in your book, and you find out how much you and your book like being together. You might even get a little obsessive about having your book with you at all times. You might even find that you use it to, not only sketch in, but jot down notes and lists, directions and ideas. You might even buy a roomier purse for your sketchbook and a little palette.
Since I've been carrying my sketchbook with me all the time, I find that I look at life around me with a little more appreciation. I see more colors and shapes, shadows and patterns. I guess if you look through my sketchbooks, you'd notice a lot of the colors, shapes, shadows, and patterns that I see are food related. Whatever gets ya goin', huh?