Wednesday, March 14, 2012

scary white pages

the other night, when i should have been in bed i posted about a drawing challenge and half committed to it.  this is the reason why.  have you all heard about the sketchbook project?  basically it's a 32 page blank book that you get to make your own using whatever mediums you choose.  you pick a theme which can inform what you do, or not.  the sketchbook then gets cataloged in the brooklyn art library where it can be viewed by anyone and everyone. thousands of sketchbooks will also travel the world to be viewed, making this a really cool, global project.  the art house co-op, the group that came up with this nifty project has others for you to do to that combine this global, collaborative art idea. 

so... the deadline for this is april 30th and it's fast approaching.  i have started working on one page.  i have some thoughts for others.  but right now 32 pages is scaring the (bad word) out of me.

sooo many blank, white, spotless pages.

here's the page i've started.  i'm still deciding between 2 themes - the secret and how to tell it or how to spell and other things to learn.  

oh my...  so i will revisit the 30 day drawing challenge when i'm not quaking in my boots.  if anyone else decides to do it please let me know.  i would love to see your work and link to it.

managed to get past the scary little white canvas and made this.  it contains the first lines of one of my favorite emily dickinson poems.  here's the complete poem

hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul,
and sings the tune - without the words,
and never stops at all,
and sweetest in the gale is heard;
and sore must be the storm
that could abash the little bird
that kept so many warm.
i've heard it in the chillest land,
and on the strangest sea;
yet, never, in extremity, 
it asked a crumb of me.

and i'll leave you with another favorite

ample make this bed.
fill this bed with awe;
in it wait for judgement break
excellent and fair.

be its mattress straight,
be its pillow round;
let no sunrise' yellow light
interrupt this ground.


Connie said...

I think it sounds like a very cool project. I'm afraid that I would need a little bit more time. But you, your young and I'll bet you're full of ideas. If not just take a walk or sit quietly in the yard or a park and listen to nature sing . . .that will get your juices going. Have fun! Looking forward to you posting some of your pages. Your blogging friend, Connie

Lisa said...

connie, thanks for the encouragement, i need it!

Little Red Feather said...

I have been wanting to do this for some time... I will defiantly make it my goal next year! So far it looks great! Your gonna do a fabulous job and it will be great to see your progress!

Lisa said...

i am such a procrastinator! but, i will get it done in time!! if i say it over and over maybe i'll believe it. thanks for your encouragement. i hope you do sign up for it - i think in the end you can probably learn a lot about yourself in the process, a bit like journaling. thanks for stopping by and gotta say i love the hair color!