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The Sketchbook Project – My Title Page

February 6, 2019

I decided this year to complete an entry for the Sketchbook Project. It began in 2006 in Atlanta, GA and moved to New York City in 2009. It is a crowd-sourced library that currently features 41,349 artists’ books contributed by creative people from 135+ countries. The collection of sketchbooks is on view to the public at the Brooklyn Art Library, the project’s storefront exhibition space in Brooklyn, NY.

I’ve been working on it since September and the deadline for submission is the end of March. Here is my cool new lamp I purchased to use when I doodle.

Participants of the project order blank sketchbooks, choose a theme, fill them up and connect their books online with search terms, an artist bio, and other unique content.

Since my name Vanessa means butterfly, I decided to doodle a fanciful butterfly on every page of my entry. While you have the option of rebinding your book with different paper, I opted for using the supplied sketchbook as it came. I limited my palette to Micron pens and one highlighter color per spread to keep bleed through to a minimum.

Here is the title page I created which uses ALL the highlighter colors I’m using throughout the book.

Did you know a group of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope??

 

 

Memories of Daisy

January 28, 2019
rain barrel photo

One section of Mom’s rain barrel, inspired by flowers she and my sister Lisa grew.

One of the Facebook groups I’m in posts daily prompts for creativity. Today’s prompt is “daisy” which, of course, makes me think of my maternal grandmother Daisy. A fun and feisty woman who loved her family, her flowers, and finding the good in every situation.

A couple of summers ago, I helped my mom paint her rain barrel and this is a section makes me think of Granny and the yellow rose by her house that she especially loved. I added the rose to our design, along with the daisies, in her honor. I made this video to commemorate the entire rain barrel painting project. 

I have wonderful memories of Granny and am always grateful when somethings brings her to mind.

Addicted to Approval?

January 31, 2010

“Once you free yourself from the need for perfect acceptance, it’s a lot easier to launch work that matters.” ~ Seth Godin

Everyone has an opinion

I’ve noticed how often I wondered what others would think before I took an action or made a decision. In the past, there have been times when I felt addicted to wanting approval from others before moving forward.

My husband is reading a book that makes the distinction between choices and decisions. The author says CHOICES are made from the heart, while DECISIONS are made from the intellect. I’m learning to trust my choices and have quit making decisions by committee. I gather information from a variety of sources (including my gut) and then choose. I’ve given up feeling I need to do what someone else thinks just because I asked for their opinion.

It is a journey for me and I’m aware now more than ever of the choice I always have to speak my truth in love. I’ve heard several times recently that the only time someone will accuse you of being selfish is when you don’t do what THEY want. That is an eye-opening perspective for me.

Part of this journey has been making peace with the understanding that I don’t need other people to agree with me. My truth is my truth. A gift of growing older is that I’ve learned more, experienced more and met others who comfortably live their truth. I examine what I think and why I believe a particular thing… and sometimes change my mind.

I believe in cooperation, collaboration and finding ways to work together. I think the ways we can come together are more important that the reasons that keep us apart. I also believe that we all just want to be heard, appreciated and loved.

I’m working with a couple of business collaborators on a tele-seminar around approval that was sparked from the Seth Godin quote at the top of this post. We aren’t sure how this will all come together, but we are excited about exploring the topic.

Your thoughts about this would be helpful as we gather information! Please share any comment that “addicted to approval” sparks within you, including ways you have “done work that matters by moving forward without perfect acceptance.”

I’ve also posted a question on LinkedIn if you would like to leave your comments there and see what others are saying.

Thank you!