Over the weekend, I finally completed my contribution to the Art House Coop’s “Sketchbook Challenge: Limited Edition.” I selected the theme “Spelling and Other Things to Learn.” I struggled for a while with how to tackle this theme and actually started and stopped several times. After much procrastination, I finally decided to just get back to basics, focusing on creating art that I love and would worry about how to address the theme later. I had a great time making abstract backgrounds, layering faces, etc. Eventually I settled on how to incorporate the theme--to explore the important life lessons my son has taught me while I’ve tried to teach him things like spelling, how to tie his shoes, etc.
You can see a sneak peek of the complete sketchbook/lessons on my Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/feliciaborges
Eventually it’ll be added to my Art House Coop page here: http://www.arthousecoop.com/users/feliciaborges (my last sketchbook is there already). A portion of my sketchbook will also be published as part of a limited edition book series. Can’t wait to see what they decide to include. The big payoff for me in this particular challenge was the look on my son’s face as he read the intro and the lessons I included, and of course the big hug after.