While ailing, between naps and bemoaning the fate of my laptop, I did manage to work on my sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project that I signed up to participate in last July (when the weather was warmer). You can read about my visit to the touring library here.
I was inspired by the recent weekend art workshop I attended. I pulled out some of the small watercolors and sketches I had created over the past few years and did a fine job of cutting and pasting a few of them into about half of the Sketchbook's 32 pages. Since I was adding paper to the book I figured it would make it less bulky if I only used the right-hand pages.
I created a few new pieces as well. I dug out a calligraphy set that had been languishing in a drawer for years, did some practicing, and was able to add some lettering to the sketchbook.
It was a pleasant endeavor and a nice way not to have to think too much.
Of course, for my sketchbook to be included in the traveling library's tour this coming summer, I had to have it postmarked by January 15. I missed the deadline, but the book will be housed in the Brooklyn Art Library along with 30,000 others who have participated.
If you think you might want to sign up for a book - it won't be due until January 15, 2015 so you will have plenty of time to complete it - here is the link: The Sketchbook Project. Some of the sketchbooks are digitized on the website if you need some inspiration.
And, if you should ever get to Brooklyn, be sure to visit my book!