I took part in the Brooklyn Sketchbook Project 2012 and sent my finished sketchbook over to the Brooklyn Art Library where it will live indefinitely. However, before it settles down to retirement it is on a world tour, with all the other sketchbooks of course, and this week it's traveled to London! They are all at the Canada Water Library until the 19th October.
The theme I chose was 'I Remember You'.
I divided the book into four sections - the first 7 pages represent memories of my father who cared for me and supported me throughout my life. 18 years ago he passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly and we didn't get to say goodbye.
The second set of 7 pages represent memories of my dear, sweet mum who loved me unconditionally, and battled with Alzheimers in the latter years of her life.
The third set of pages represents my childhood memories and the people who helped to build my life with me. Memories of my grandmother moving all her furniture around to make two 'houses' so we could play at being neighbours! Memories of playing 'Going for a Song' (the olden days version of Antiques Roadshow!) and valuing her special china and jewellery...
And finally the last set of pages represent my ancestors - greats and great,greats - of whom I've been told so many stories that I feel I know them personally. They made me who I am today!
Here's a link to my complete sketchbook at the Art House
My dear blog friend Lynn, over at One I Made Earlier Today, visited the exhibition and has done a couple of wonderful blog posts highlighting her own work and some of the other sketchbooks she viewed. She very kindly gave my sketchbook an airing, and a mention on her blog, so I'm sending a very big thank you to Lynn!