Convinced that I can’t draw, I practice on simple shapes before attempting the complexity outside my window.
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This is a test to see if my scanned Costa Rica sketchbook pages will come up fast and large enough to read easily online. The original books (there are five) measure 10×6 inches. I’ve tried to make the pages readable with Photoshop but those with dark art will take patience. Please endure. Although I plan to write notes and a transcription at the end, I find slowly trying to make out my handwriting gives one more time to absorb the experience.
I’m amazed, perusing these notebooks more than ten years after I painted and wrote them, that they read quite well, even with no editing. I plan to post my Costa Rica journals a day at a time–each day usually runs 2-3 sketchbook pages for a total of 116 pages—until I’ve finished all thirty days that I was in residence at the Julia and David Artist Colony. You may need to enlarge the pages on your screen to read them. Do let me know how you are finding this experiment and whether you are experiencing any difficulty bringing up the art.
Okay, I lied. I’m not going to quit after all. I tried to interest my agent in my Pakistan memoir piece, but she rejected it before I could even send it—at a mere 40 pages, it is too short for a book. I would have submitted it to The Sun, a wonderful literary magazine that specializes in personal pieces and memoirs, but it’s too long.
How to beef it up to book size?
Why not also include my more delicious wanderings, the memories I go to when life pales? Pakistan would be Section 1. Section 2 would be my Peace Corps years in Eastern Nigeria, which I don’t yet have time to write, but, in a Section 3, I could share, page by scanned page, my three Costa Rica sketchbooks, in which I wrote longhand, in ink, on the spot, right on top of plein aire watercolors, the only sustained freehand art I’ve ever had the courage to do. It will be a little hard to read, and of course I can’t edit or improve it, but it’s interesting and, so far, I’ve never shared it publicly.
So stay tuned: “La Finca de las Colebras” (Snake Farm) is coming soon.