Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Sketchbook Project... Finally!

I have finally started working inside my moleskine!  (Nothing like waiting until the last minute, right?!?)

On Friday I stitched the new Arches watercolor paper pages into the cover that I had already painted.  (In case you didn't know, I took my sketchbook apart to put heavier paper inside.)  The good news is that since the paper is so much thicker, there was only room for 20 pages... So this project is still doable by the deadline as long as I eat, sleep and breathe Sketchbook Project!  (And that's exactly what I plan on doing.)

This first drawing was based on the painting L'Homme au Chapeau Melon by Rene Magritte:

Stay tuned for more gnome art adventures...

Since it's Sunday, don't forget to stop by Sophia's blog to see what my friends have been up to for their Sunday Sketches!


After I posted this I checked my mail and found a very exciting message from Charlie Corrigan.  Charlie is a very talented artist who was inspired by my 30 in 30 for 30 project and has started her own exciting challenge for the month of January! 

During the month of January, Charlie will be creating an original piece of artwork every day - that means 31 original paintings/illustrations in 31 days.  She will also be offering some of those originals in her etsy shop for the incredible price of $11.00 - that isn't a typo... yes, an original piece of artwork for only $11.00! 

So, be sure to stop by her blog and show her some love.  (And if you're so inclined, you can join in the fun - she has rallied a group of artists to join her in her journey!)


  1. I love your idea for the sketchbook project. I took mine apart and put in thicker paper in as well. It's completed ... hurray.

    Happy Sunday sketches!

  2. This is going to be so exciting to see what you create in the next few days! I love your take on this painting and love your use of color!

    Yeah! Something to look forward to!


  3. Great start to your sketchbook project! I still have 2 pages and the cover to finish! Yikes! Have a wonderful new year!

  4. Thanks for the shout out Kristin! I'm going to keep checking back on that sketchbook of yours -- it's AMAZING so far!

  5. Yea! I am still feverishly trying to get my sketchbook finished. What was the theme for your sketchbook?

  6. your art is wonderful, I love where you got your inspiration and where you took it. Wishing you a grand time each sketch of the way.

    Wishing you a wonderful 2011~

  7. Fantastic start to your sketchbook! Cant wait to see the rest! x

  8. what wonderful inspiration for a great sketch! Happy New Year Kristin, looking forward to seeing more of your work this year.

  9. Your art just makes me smile! :)

    Happy New Year to you and your family! I hope 2011 is a wonderful one for you! I'm happy to have met you this year in blogland!

  10. I love the idea of taking apart the moleskine and putting heavier watercolor paper in it. I love working on the heavier paper, but there is something very cool about the moleskine! Beautiful sketches, love your work.

  11. Great start to your sketch book project. Love the colors and the letters, very nice!

  12. Happy New Year Kristin! Love your first piece in your sketchbook. I can't wait to see what you create this year!!

  13. Well done for starting your sketchbook. I've given up on mine... I just got blocked by the whole thing, don't know why. Your Gnome series looks like it's going to be terrific, can't wait to see more, such fun!!

  14. Hi Kristin,

    This is absolutely fabulous!!

    It reminds me of one of my favourite artists who I've mentioned on my blog before - Markus Pierson. He did a book of famous paintings (including Magritte with the apple) done his way (he uses coyotes in his art). The book is called "But I Digress".

    I look forward to a mass posting of gnomes! Four more pages and the title page for me to go! First I had to undecorate though. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family!! xoxo

  15. Happy New Year Kristin,
    Oh I love the bright cheerful colors here on this little gnome! Yay, can't wait to see what magic you create with your sketchbook
    i will pop over to charlies blog, too!

  16. You are so funny and cute! I was just chuckling away at your post here. :D LOVE that. FYI - my sketchbook is not completed yet either and I'm worried I wont get my completed. Oogles! :)

  17. yay!

    your art often makes me want to fly.

    and sometimes your art brings out the imp in me.

    so this piece fits me to an artistic tee!!!


  18. honest to god, kristin, my word verf was wings.



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