Today was the perfect beach day! Sunny skies, perfect temperatures, the rolling sound of the ocean waves, and a summer signing party at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth! The event was hosted to celebrate The Beach House, a collection of short stories based on the theme of ‘the beach house’ and all connected in some way to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. I haven’t had the opportunity to read my copy of the collection just yet, but have heard nothing but good things! The Beach House has even won a national first prize from the National Federation of Press Women. And I can’t speak highly enough about the writers, whose stories will be a must read for a lazy summer afternoon. It was wonderful to meet them and I can’t wait to see more of their writing in the future!
I attended the Hockessin Art & Book Fair yesterday at the Hockessin Community Recreation Center in Hockessin, DE. It was a great event and I had an amazing time! It’s always a blast to spend an afternoon with local artists and writers! There were several independent and self-published writers, illustrators, and publishers whom I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time, as well as some good friends I got to catch up with. Many thanks to everyone who organized or contributed to the fair for your time, creativity, and company!
Sketchbooks are amazing! They’re creativity in its rawest form. Smudged and scribbled pages…full of beautiful imperfections. It’s where all those crazy ideas scramble out of your head and begin to reveal themselves to the rest of the unsuspecting world. A bit like Frankenstein’s monster – except that the monster has plenty of friends and they’re all made out of paper.
Unfortunately, sketchbook pages aren’t normally on display for everyone to see. The monsters need cleaning up first, maybe replace those gangrene limbs with better working parts or fit them with stylish new neck bolts. It takes some revision before they’re well-mannered enough for print.
Even then, most sketches still remain tucked away as exercises meant simply to improve drawing skills or as warm ups to help the creative process get started. These monsters live in the art studio indefinitely, chewing on the scenery and keeping me motivated.
Recently, however, I’ve begun to think that it might be good for them to get some fresh air. So, I’ve decided to post one image from my sketchbook each week, as they are created. This way you can get to know my monsters a little better and they can stop asking me why I never introduce them to my friends.
I hope you enjoy their company as much as I do!