I’m noticing as I’ve been working through this sketchbook that I began covering the pages completely and now I want to do less and less kind of… this is an edge for me. Editing my own work can be quite a challenge.
©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 19 2010 found paper 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
This was actually really fun to make, it’s from the squares I punched out yesterday. I haven’t been writing a lot because I’ve been focusing more on the visual work. It’s interesting… I been through different phases with blogging. Most often I’ve written a lot without much visual and lately it’s been the opposite. I prefer it when it’s a mixture of both. I actually enjoy writing but hadn’t thought I was that good at it. Really, I think that stemmed from me not knowing big words… which doesn’t really have anything to do with writing.
Tom and I attached these last weekend. This a Scion xB and the other letters are from xA and tC emblems. I cut the B and the x to make the R with a jewelers saw and a spiral wax saw blade. I took a metal jewelry class at Studio One and Karen Ehrhardt (who I really enjoyed as a teacher) gave me the blade. There are some other really cool modifications Tom’s thought of that I’ll have to photograph: like the big red button on the front and my website on the license plate frame.
I found out about Dallas Clayton through the blog of Dan Haase who is also participating in Art Every Day Month Challenge. Ohh man, Dallas Clayton’s video brought tears to my eyes. In a nutshell, he wrote a book for his son about dreaming big and it changed his life. I love hearing about that stuff.
©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 15 2010 found paper 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
This page was inspired by Hanna who is also doing Arthouse Co-op’s The Sketchbook Project along with 28,000 others. Today’s the deadline to sign up. To be honest, I signed up because I saw that Geninne Zlatkis was doing it too. I love her work. But really, I think this process is helping me appreciate my own work, myself and as a bonus I’m developing a daily art practice to boot.
Many a time it’s the work that I struggle over that is huge and complicated that I somehow appreciate so much more. I’m working on one of those projects right now. It’s a button project with many buttons and as I was working on it last night to my horror I wondered if someone might find it valuable for it’s bulk of buttons and not for my effort in the finished product. I hate when my mind goes there. Ultimately, I know I get to learn something from this process and I like to view my work in the bigger sphere of things and not necessarily one small piece of it.
©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 14 2010 found paper, thread, fabric
8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
Got a chance to see the Pixar exhibit at the newly renovated Oakland Museum. Wow! They did an incredible job. I want to go back. Tom is trying to figure out where we might get a big version of this pig to put on a wall in our house.
Photo: Sandy Stanley
©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 13 2010 found paper and acrylic painted tissue paper 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
My sketchbook is getting very thick and I’m not even half way done. I found a Facebook discussion on “How thick can (the sketchbook) be?” and so I’m thinking I’m okay.
©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 12 2010 found paper and ink 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
The Sketchbook Project and Art Every Day Month Challenge
Really enjoyed Macy Chadwick’s pochoir class yesterday. As I take classes, I realize the importance of focusing on something fairly simple, giving students enough time to experiment and making that into a finished project. And if one wants to do more with it, they can. I’m curious how I’ll incorporate this technique into my future work.
©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 11 2010 found paper and graphite 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
Today’s the first weekday in eleven days that I didn’t do my sketchbook collage in the morning. I also got a speeding ticket driving to work. No correlation really I’m sure, well maybe? Hmmm… I’ll be up early tomorrow. 🙂
The right hand side of this spread is from an Alameda Women Artists postcard promoting our show opening this Saturday in Alameda. Click here for more details. The resulting image reminds me of a periodic table. The circle images on the left is graphite over sequin waste. I’m looking forward to taking Macy Chadwick’s class on Pochoir: Editioning with Stencils tonight at SFCB.