What’s in your sketchbook?

I’m not keeping a visual journal as regularly as I used to.  I still try to write every day in a composition book, first thing in the morning, but since Covid-19 started I’ve been more tired than usual and usually opt to sleep through my writing time.  I’m working on that.

I do keep a sketchbook/visual journal, but I paint a lot on canvas now and don’t try to capture my daily stories in images so much.  I’m using it to work out ideas, to try color options, to practice.  So my last journal lasted from December til yesterday.  I thought I’d share it with you because I believe you can use your journal for anything that you want.

One of the habits that has emerged is to do drawings of Frankd Robinson.  He posts a lot of pictures of himself as he makes his journey through diabetes, kidney dialysis, and learning to walk with prosthetic legs.  He gives me permission and encouragement, and I learn how to draw faces and expressions.

So here is a flip through of most of my latest sketchbook journal.  Some you’ll recognize from previous posts, some I’ve not shown before.  I included a few lists and pages with mostly writing.  I also collect ephemera — labels, tickets, mail, cards, and bits of paper.  Some of it I past in the journal, some on the cover.  Lots of goofs and things I couldn’t quite get a handle on.  But that’s what sketchbooks and visual journals are for.

Even if you don’t get the results you wanted, you have learned to see better.

 

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Front covered with handmade paper
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Inside cover with stamps and stickers
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Title Page
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Poem by Victoria Ericson
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Frankd’s Hand
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Frankd Robinson in acrylic
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Mary Ruth as she lay dying
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A Gift for myself
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labels and sloth description
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Poem by Rumi
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One of Frankd’s selfies
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10 minute pencil and marker copy of FD
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Lynda Barry’s 5 minute journal entry
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practice in pencil
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practice
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saving my paper fan’s beautiful painting
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Gwenn Seemel’s turtle sticker
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My sea turtle not so good
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Practice with line and watercolor
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Misdeliverd mail to Uncle Boo from Toone TN
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Practice drawing a pharaoh with amputations
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practice

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At a zoom meeting
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Quick drawing for a plan to put disabled people in Chagall’s Promednade
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Practice
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Conjuring goddesses
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Quickies from zoom meeting
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Frankd
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Idea for a painting using short thick brush strokes
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Bleeding hearts with markers
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First version of Rosie The Risk Reducer
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My new mask
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Myself in pink
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New Ink
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Frankd
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White Dipladenia in watercolor marker
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Nose practice
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Eye practice
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Ear Practice
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Deago
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Ink lettering practice
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Note from my written journal….
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Folded up and pasted in the visual journal
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Elephant ears and petunias in pencil and marker
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Frankd
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Idea for a poem illustrated in walnut ink
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2nd page of poem
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Frankd in blue ink
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Frankd in pencil and acrylic
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Copying a magnet of Tim’s from unidentified source
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Stolen flowers in marker
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Frankd
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Mark in acrylic, painted from a tracing but didn’t turn out well
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Mark drawn freehand in pencil from photo
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Going to the dr in the new normal
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Frankd and friend
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A list of what I want to do — too much
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End of month sort of selfie
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I make a pocket for the journal and put in cards, art show programs, and other junk
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Stickers on the back — notice Gwenn Seemel’s sticker homage to our lady bits

 

 

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