|Carol with my NYC Montage!|
You may recall me mentioning the Art House Sketchbook Project once or a million times over the last few months. Well, thanks to my participation in that project I have made some very lovely virtual friends, either as a direct result of seeing their work on the Art House website and commenting on it (such as with Alex, from Pencil Scribbles who does amazing portraits) or through Twitter (such as Accidental Vix who I first got to know when I bought a couple of her lovely cards on Folksy and then we would chat about the sketchbook project on Twitter and encourage each other to keep going when it seemed we would never finish it on time!)
Another lovely new online friend is Carol from New York who also completed a sketchbook for the project and I think I discovered her blog via a comment she left on Alex's blog - do you see how this whole blogging world just keeps on opening up!. Carol's blog is called Carol King: Painting, Drawing, Complaining, she does some lovely watercolours and makes amazing coasters which I really want her to give me a step by step lesson in and her way with words makes me laugh. I would love to be able to actually hear her recount some of her tales just so I could listen to the wonderful New York accent that I imagine she has!
Anyway, Carol contacted me the other day to say she was going to visit the Art House Gallery in Brooklyn with her husband, Matt, and she would look out for my sketchbook. I was chuffed to bits therefore to receive my first email from the Art House to notify me that my book had been signed out for a viewing!! Carol then emailed me to say how much they enjoyed looking through my sketchbook and she even took some photos of her and Matt with my sketchbook open at different pages! She also kindly agreed to let me put the photos on here and also filled in all the blanks I had about what the exhibition was actually like.
|Matt with my sketchbook at a Belfast page|
So, the Brooklyn Art Library is a big long room with one wall entirely filled with bookcases which in turn are entirely filled with sketchbooks (28,839 to be exact!). Unless you request a specific book, as Carol did with mine, then when you visit you just sign out a few randomly selected books - meaning it is pure luck as to whether or not my book will ever get selected again for the duration of the tour. Still, hope springs eternal.
Carol has been there a couple of times now and said the opening weekend was hectic and really busy with a big variety of folk from hipsters (being in a hipster neighbourhood) to families and kids coming in to view the sketchbooks.
|The shelves behind Carol give an idea on |
the multitude of sketchbooks to browse through!
Carol had a look at a good few sketchbooks and said that the diversity was incredible - I love that so many different people came up with so many different ideas on how to interpret the various themes. She said that some were absolutely amazing and that one in particular was really quite bizarre as it was completely blank with just the words 'I'm Sorry' written on the first page!
I would so love to be able to go to the States and see the sketchbooks for myself but as that isn't possible, then I will make do with looking at the artwork from the sketchbooks which has been uploaded to the Art House website and am so very grateful to Carol for checking out my sketchbook and letting me view the gallery vicariously through her!
*Carol emailed me after I posted this with another great shot of the Brooklyn Art Library so I had to just add it in!
|Hmm, I wonder where my sketchbook is?|