Too much time spent on the computer lately. The weather in New Jersey is gorgeous and I’ve chained myself to a chair in front of my desk. I want a few clones to help me with the tedious task of preparing image files for publication. When I returned from Provence I became aware of the need to complete processing the experience of my travels. Photo/sketch journals that can be accessed online provides an easy way for me to share, as an artist, the way I see my surroundings. They serve other purposes, too:
1. When teaching workshops, I have examples easily accessible on my ipad which I can project for the entire class to see using my mini projector. I don’t have to carry a dozen sketchbooks with me to have on hand when students ask questions that can easily be answered by sharing examples.
2. I discover what is important to me visually as I sift through photos and drawings.
3. Students have examples to refer to after a workshop.
4. I become aware of what is not important in my life and I can try to eliminate it (making the unfinished project pile a bit smaller).
As much as I feel grumbly about too much sitting, I’m having a great time putting these books together. Next in line is Provence (other than Marseille), followed by Sea Ranch, California and then New York City. I’m determined to have those three finished by the start of 2015. Juggling easel time with desk time is challenging!
Dala Art is available on the website store as a PDF download, the Blurb.com Store as a PDF and a softcover printed edition, and will be soon on the ibooks store as an epub download for ipad. PDFs works on ipad too.