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Three of my sketchbooks are on the Sketchbook Project Summer Tour. This year’s tour kicks off at the Brooklyn Art Library on Friday, 05 May and then travels to nine tour stops in North America.  Sketchbook Project tours are fun: in addition to checking out and reading artist made books, there are also drawing and postcard writing activities.

On board this year are two new sketchbooks and one classic. Find your closest city, check out some sketchbooks and let me know what you think. Summer Tour Schedule

Big Wheels is a girl’s look at big wheels on roads, streets and sidewalks. It amazes me to think about how the wheel is one of six simple machines and how much complex technology is dependent on basic elements like a wheel. This book has been to Chicago, NYC, Bloomington, Ocean Shores, Iceland, Denmark and Germany. It traveled many miles to get to you.

Songs for the Accordion was inspired by the accordion book form and wanting to make a unique book that could visualize song and dance. Music threads through a landscape of colour and leaves notes to play and replay. Marks on paper were made using Procion dye, acrylic ink, charcoal, thread, acrylic medium and white glue. Of all the books made for the Sketchbook Project, this was the most difficult to send away.

My Brooklyn Childhood — a memoir has been on many Sketchbook Project Tours, including Art Basel. It is a compilation of my father’s memoirs and memory drawings. It brings together work that my father talked about but never achieved: illustrating the many stories he told. His memory drawings open a new understanding of his Brooklyn boyhood, and the Brooklyn Art Library is a fitting location for this first edition. This book is also available from Blurb

View these and my other Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbooks on line.

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My father had an amazing ability to draw from memory, and in his colourful illustrations I saw scenes of his childhood that were not in family photo albums. He also had an amazing ability to tell stories, and bed time was a huddle of children around my father turning his life into a series of adventures and close calls. He often talked about wanting to illustrate one of his favourite stories about the man someone had raked a pile of leaves only to have it undone by the wind, his variant of the Myth of Sisyphys.

A selection of stories and illustrations from my father’s Brooklyn childhood were made into Memories of My Brooklyn Childhood, a project that toured with the Sketchbook Project last year, and occasionally it is selected to join other tours. This book, retitled My Brooklyn Childhood has also been published in hardcover by Sassamatt and is available from Blurb in both Canada and the United States. Pairing these memories and drawings completes my father’s wish to illustrate his writing.

Two of my sketchbooks are on the Sketchbook Project Summer Tour. Soon the bookmobile will pull into Chicago and then cross the continent and set up 25+ North American locations before heading home to the Brooklyn Art Library. Sketchbook Project tours are fun. In addition to checking out and reading artist made books, there are also drawing and postcard writing activities. Find your closest city, check out some sketchbooks and let me know what you think. http://www.sketchbookproject.com/summer-tour

Both sketchooks reach deep into family history. On the Road Again — a family event photo log documents a five day roadtrip back to Bellville for a memorial service and affirmation of a new generation of elders. My drawings and photographs investigate permanence in the context of time and the river that seems to move forward and stand still. My Brooklyn Childhood — a memoir is a compilation of my father’s memoirs and memory drawings. It brings together work that my father talked about but never achieved: illustrating the many stories he told. His memory drawings open a new understanding of his Brooklyn boyhood, and the Brooklyn Art Library is a fitting location for this first edition. Selected images from both of these sketchbooks can be viewed on my Sketchbook Project Artwork page.

http://www.sketchbookproject.com/users/queenofmidnight/artwork

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The Sketchbook Project 2013 opens this Friday at the Brooklyn Art Library, beginning a seven city North American tour. Both artist books included in this tour reach deep into family history. My Brooklyn Childhood — a memoir is a compilation of my father’s memoirs and memory drawings. It brings together work that my father talked about but never achieved: illustrating the many stories he told. His memory drawings open a new understanding of his Brooklyn boyhood, and the Brooklyn Art Library is a fitting location for this first edition. On the Road Again — a family event photo log documents a five day roadtrip back to Bellville for a memorial service and affirmation of a new generation of elders. My drawings and photographs investigate permanence in the context of time and the river that seems to move forward and stand still. Selected images from both of these sketchbooks can be viewed on my Sketchbook Project Artwork page.

http://www.sketchbookproject.com/users/queenofmidnight/artwork

Touring Brooklyn, Austin, Atlanta, Toronto, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. More tour details

http://www.sketchbookproject.com/projects/sketchbookproject/tour/15

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Tuesday’s deadline for posting my two Brooklyn Art Library sketchbook projects has been using a lot of midnight oil. Soon they will arrive in Williamsburg where they will be scanned, put up on line and eventually go on tour as the weather becomes warmer. Both sketchooks reach deep into family history. On the Road Again — a family event photo log documents a five day roadtrip back to Bellville for a memorial service and affirmation of a new generation of elders. My drawings and photographs investigate permanence in the context of time and the river that seems to move forward and stand still. My Brooklyn Childhood — a memoir is a compilation of my father’s memoirs and memory drawings. It brings together work that my father talked about but never achieved: illustrating the many stories he told. His memory drawings open a new understanding of his Brooklyn boyhood, and the Brooklyn Art Library is a fitting location for this first edition. Selected images from both of these sketchbooks can be viewed on my Sketchbook Project Artwork page.

http://www.sketchbookproject.com/users/queenofmidnight/artwork

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