Puppies And Poems

Cody With CowCody is an English Cream Golden Retriever who lives in England with my daughter and her family. For three weeks I stayed at their home and babysat this cute puppy. Wondering what I was going to do with myself while I took care of him, I gave myself an assignment: Learn how to draw a dog. Besides sketching, I wrote some prose and a few poems. Maybe there is an Artists’ book in the making. I have the images and the words. The next step is figuring out a structural form for a book. Then, do it!

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Driving to Brighton – England

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Whoops, the passenger seat is on the other side!  No, you get in the backseat.You don’t need extra leg room. Daffodils are sprinkled in bunches around trees, near the roadside, by a pond. The Great Walk is so green. Close your eyes mom. We are going around the Round About. Going south. Perfect! We are on the M25 South. Everything is so green!  Sheep are mowing the green grass next to large areas of yellow rape.I love how the fog masks bits and pieces.Trees are silhouetted against the sky – the muted colors of England.

There wasn’t time to hang back and draw. I needed to keep up with the family. My sketchbook has only a few entries for this trip, but I had my cell phone with me. Sitting in the back of the car, leaning over and shooting a picture in front of the passenger on my left, I took a few photographs.

I really liked the row of beach huts for changing along the seaside in Brighton. When I look at these images I think of David Hockney’s wonderful paintings of the English countryside. Then he switched and went to Southern California to paint in oils. The color and stance of the figures seem very American. But, no jeans allowed.

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Jet Lag

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12:07 am – eyes pop open, wide awake

Must be about 5 am.

Wrong

It’s 12:07 am. I lie there

Composing a post for my blog

Then, another and another

What time is it?

Cell phone says 3:14 am

Take a screen shot

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Ha ha it came out all black

In England it is 4,5,6,  – eight hours difference

11 am. Time to get up.

So here I am at the computer composing a post for my blog

Wonder if I can stream Aintree Grand National? 

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/racing/grand-national-2014-what-makes-the-aintree-race-unique-9227683.html

Too early for that

I’m hungry!

Time for breakfast

Shall I go to the Farmers Market today?

 

Would You Download a Free Artists’ e-Book?

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I had seven days to create a book. Here you followed a work in progress. We were going to see if in a week I had a finished product. for Sketchbook Project 2013.  If not  – zilch. Today is the day I must have it in the mail going to Brooklyn, New York. The book isn’t finished , but I wouldn’t say I have zilch. There are some interesting pairings happening. I have the beginning of an Artists’ Book.  Right now it is  a traditional 7″ x 10″ codex book. But the opportunities for change are endless.  Check out this website about Artists’ Books. http://www.philobiblon.com/isitabook/bookarts/index.html

The book was going to be titled, Chairs, but now I’m thinking the title will be Sit. I’ll probably add some text, maybe just a few adverbs thrown in. The readers will be the ones to interpret the book’s contents. It may be a one-of-a-kind Artists’ Book or a small edition of 30. The structure of the book will probably stay the same. Maybe I’ll make a small edition of Sit just xeroxing the contents, binding it or stapling it together in order to sell  it on Amazon.com for a very reasonable price.

Would you download a free Artists’ eBook?

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Progress Report on Book – China – Vietnam – Italy – England – America

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I need to change printer orientation of images in these two piles.

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The small image of the cafe in Rome is too small.

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This is how I am going about figuring out where to put my images in the book. I’ve watched that big blue chair go through many phases. People climb up in the chair for pictures, but sometimes it is ribboned off, probably a liability issue for the owners of the chair.