my sketchbook

The sketchbook – it’s like oxygen to every artist. My dad used to say to me that I should never leave the house without my Swiss Army knife. Many years ago I added one more thing to my Swiss Army knife – a sketchbook. There is always one in my bag. I have many different sketch books, different sizes and paper stock. One could say that it is one of my obsessions. I just love the feeling of holding a new sketch book in my hand, so empty, full of possibilities and I love the nervous feeling of making the first sketch in it. Last week I got a sketch book in the mail that I have been waiting for. I have signed up to part of “THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT”, which is a very exciting project that artists from all over the world can participate in.

If you haven’t heard about this project here is a bit of info on it. To be part of the project you have to purchase a sketchbook for $25 from here, choose a (loose) theme, and sketch away until January 15, 2011 when all of the books must be returned to the Library. In March, the tour will take the thousands of sketchbooks that they receive on an Art Gallery tour. It’s pretty much like a concert tour for sketchbooks. After the tour all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of  The Brooklyn Art Library for the public to view. The theme I have chosen is “Below the surface”. I am very excited and maybe a bit scared to start working in my sketchbook. The thought of it going on tour with thousands of other artists’ sketchbooks is exhilarating. Check back to get updates on my progress.

Ciao

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

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Thanks for dropping by

We had a lot of people coming through the studio during the plain view studio tour and I wanted thank everybody for supporting local artists. It’s nice to see how much people love art and are curious about the process and thought process.

Make sure to check out the upcoming show of one of my fellow cre8ery artists “Bhavni Bhakoo”.  Her solo exhibition is called Rang De’ (Colour Me) and the opening reception will be taking place this Thursday from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Ciao for now!

Vintage Carnival

Last week I had the opportunity to photograph the MacDonald Youth Services Gala Dinner for the third year in a row. The event had a vintage carnival theme and the guests were entertained by magicians and a stilt-walking, balloon animal-making clown while playing carnival games and enjoying popcorn and cotton candy.

The live auction featured amazing trips to Churchill, New York, Tuscany and a cruise on the Rhine river. The event raised over $30000 for the Shelter and other MYS programs. What a wonderful event and cause. I had the privilege to meet some wonderful and inspirational people during the event. Enjoy a few of the pictures!