I had a clean out of my bookshelf recently and I realised I have quite a few visual diaries. I started to flick through them and just as one does when looking through photo albums, I spent a lot more time looking, reading and reminiscing than I had planned! Here are some of the visual diaries I was looking through:
They contain ideas, pencil sketches, notes, and more…. I love them all but my favourite is one that I made from scratch in 1992 when I attended a book binding workshop. I put together an A4 sketch book from start to finish, added a calico cover, and painted it with a favourite famous painting (as you can see I chose Van Gogh’s Sunflowers but it’s nowhere near as good as the original)!
Since then I have added sketches of the house I lived in at the time, our dog in different poses, photos of local buildings, notes on colour mixing and colour charts, sunset reference photos, quick action sketches from a local tennis match, an old woman scrounging in a wheelie bin(!), watercolour notes on painting faces, magazine articles on art, preparatory sketches for future paintings, and so on, and so on …..
I’d love to know if you have a visual diary. What little treasures do you have in it? What masterpiece has it inspired you to do?