When the Brooklyn Art Library put out a call for it’s newest artist challenge, I was one of the first few people in line. Excited by all the new ideas I had, I reveled in all the possibilities while I waited for my personal order to arrive. However, reality set in when I held my Tiny Sketchbook for the very first time. This 30 page book was only 2.33 inches by 1.66 inches and close to 1/4 inch thick. While I was still excited, I quickly realized that what I had originally wanted to do would not be possible in a book quite that tiny. I decided to put the project on the back burner and forgot about it. Recently, I rediscovered the tiny book and decided to finish the project. Free from the distraction of my previous expectations, I surprised myself with the direction I went in.
I looked at the book and my mind told me to just keep it. Since I had already paid the fee and had missed the tour dates, what was the harm in just keeping the book? I asked myself. As the answer to that question swirled in my head I found the inspiration I needed. I was going to fill the book with images and words that would help me meditate and focus in time of need. Once I knew what I wanted to do I gathered all the materials I needed. I tested out the colors and lined up the phrases and got to work. It took me 6 straight hours of work but I completed the Tiny Sketchbook.
I used the inner and outer covers of the book to place words and phrases that would help me stay mindful whenever I needed. In between those covers I created a color transition that goes all the way through the spectrum mirrored from the center of the book. I know that its a relatively simple idea but it’s exactly what I wanted. I ended up being so pleased with the book I had a hard time sealing it up to mail off. Before I mailed it, I took a few images to reminisce over once it’s gone. The image above is one of them. While it won’t be on tour in Paris it will be nice to visit it the next time I’m in New York. Once the Tiny Sketchbook is delivered, it will be available for viewing at the Brooklyn Art Library.