Sunday, February 22, 2009

EDM 9 - Organized chaos



As I was drawing this stack of books, it occured to me how much of my life is contained in them. How many hours have I spent choosing them, drawing in them, writing in them? My thoughts, my aspirations, my attempts are all in there. I'm very attached to these books, probably because they feel like an extention of me. They reflect a part of me that I don't share often with others. As I get older, I use my journal more as a combination journal and daytimer. Both sketchbooks and journals are a way to record the world around me and the day to day journey of my life. There is a lot of my heart and soul poured into these books.

This was a difficult drawing, and this is not the first attempt. I spent a long time trying to get the perspective right. And I didn't get it right, but it's sure a lot better than the first attempt. I can't quite figure out what is so extraordinarily hard about drawing a stack of books. I've heard others say the same thing. Keep practising.

"A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's heaven for" Robert Browning

This is watercolor pencil, and Staedtler pen in the Moleskine sketchbook.

8 comments:

Peachtreeart said...

Great job! I'm sure you know you've just done an edm!

angeltreats said...

I really like this - I think you're being hard on yourself, the perspective looks good to me.

Anonymous said...

I find the perspective to be very hard down the sides. I have trouble showing only a little of the side edges, even though that is what I am seeing. And I never know what to do with edges of the white pages. I'll practice with you! I love your journaling on the page and agree with the sentiments so much.

shirley said...

Lynn,
I thought I clicked on Name/URL - I'm actually the anonymous in the 3rd comment.

EWian said...

Good journals, your right journals are records the world around us...

EWian

Denise said...

I don't think you should be so hard on yourself. Your journals have a softness and "lived-in"-ness that's very appealing.

christine said...

Lynn, I think you've done a great job with this drawing. You really captured the way the Moleskine watercolor sketchbook buckles slightly when filled with painted pages.

Sarah Ketelaars said...

great drawing Lynn, and i like what you wrote about your sketchbooks too.