Friday, January 20, 2012

Deadline fast approaching...panic

The Sketchbook Project

I'm frantically trying to get my sketchbook completed 
by the deadline of January 31.
Okay, not "frantically" or I would be finished by now. lol.

The one thing that does not make much of an appearance
in my sketchbook is sketching. I've always hated my sketches...
maybe I should take a drawing class.

The theme given to me by the Sketchbook People
(okay that's a lie, I did choose it myself)
is "Encyclopedia of..."
and for the life of me I can't figure out what my book is an encyclopedia of.
There seem to be a lot of trees, clothing, and some elves and fairies.
How on earth are these related? 
I would like to do the cover in something clever
relating to my theme but . . . maybe the word is "hodgepodge".
A word I don't like at all.

So, enough of my problems. If anyone has a suggestion
about how these things are related, I would be grateful to know!

In the meantime, I am posting this for Paint Party Friday.
I hope you will visit the wonderful entries that are posted there!

Have a happy weekend!



  1. How about Encyclopedia of My Art ? Just a thought ~ Love your artwork and style ~namaste, carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ~

  2. Maybe something related to roots? I see a lot of trees here- find a synonym for encyclopedia? I don't know, but I DO know that this is a GORGEOUS collection! When we do the traveling sketchbooks again, I hope you'll join us! :D

  3. Well, I'll tell you what popped in my mind - an encyclopedia of story!

    I especially love the fairies living int he roots of the tree.

  4. All of your work is incredible but I was particulary drawn into the painting of the fairies at the root of the tree. I too love your style!

  5. Hi Maggie! I love what you've done with the place. It looks Magical and Charming so one of those words might be what I would use for your Encyclopedia. The world where Magic happens. Or our Charming World ?? Your artwork is always so adorable. I love it. There's definitely a children's book illustrator in you. Children would be captivated by your artwork. I know I am.

    I hope 2012 is a Magical year for you and you art! Hugs to you sweet friend.

  6. Ooh, excellent suggestions all! I didn't know if I would get any at all, and these have given me food for thought! Thank you everyone!

  7. Wow, what a magical little world you have created with these sketches. I could spend hours imagining the inside of that little house in the tree.

  8. Absolutely pure delight, thanks for the smiles this morning!!!
    Your art is wonderful!

  9. Love the sketchbook paintings, especially the one of the dress hanging from the tree. Gorgeous book.

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  10. Love your pages! I just found you on PPF... it's my first time joining in the Friday fun... now following your blog and would love it if you followed me too!

  11. I'm not a fan of hodgepodge eith... but love the word ephemera... but I do like the encyclopaedia idea... this is like an encyclopaedic of memories or dreams to me... so many images could relate to childhood and family and things..... there are some really beautiful pages here...xx

  12. How about 'Encyclopedia of my heart"? You've created a magical place here in these pages, and it seems that the words and images reveal the inner you. They're so beautiful. Who cares about sketching?!

  13. Love all of your suggestions! Thank you!!!

  14. And I am so grateful for the kind comments too :-D

    Got 2 more pages done today while I was thinking of all the "encyclopedic" titles!

  15. I love your sketchbook! Especially the trees! I am on the final push to finish mine too. Leaving it mostly black and white sketches, coloring in some. Good luck!

  16. I love your sketchbook!! So glad to meet other artists participating in The Sketchbook Project! I am your newest blog follower! :)

    How about Encyclopedia of Whimsy and Delight!

    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  17. Love your sketchbook pages! They are delightful! I especially like that last one with the fairies in the roots of the tree.

    I was going to suggest Encyclopedia of my favorite things, but I like Mary's suggestion of Encyclopedia of Whimsy and Delight.

    Happy PPF!

  18. You're doing great! And I'm right there with you! I'm also working hard, trying to meet the deadline to mail off my journal!! Don't panic! Apparently you work very well under pressure because your work looks gorgeous!!

  19. love them all to bits...what about the tree of

  20. How about, "Encyclopedia of Nature and fantastical creatures"?

  21. The Encyclopedia of Awesomeness! Maggie you are sooo talented. I didn't do the SBP this year, I couldn't put it in. Yours is just so wonderful, how would you ever part with it?
    I've been thinking about you lately, thinking of spring, and getting together...for more than an hour in a bookstore,lol. Though it was fun.

  22. I can't think of a title as well, but I truly like your sketchbook. Trees is something I feel drawn to, so of course your artwork speaks to me.

  23. How about a theme of pure awesomeness! WOw, I am sooooo impressed and in awe of your book!!! Wonderful! Magical. And that tree!!! Love love love!


  24. This has to be "Encyclopedia of Magpie". It's all you. The art is the artist right? I love .."It's not about the ART, it's what you make us see".
    Very whimsical & creative, innocent and fresh.


  25. Gorgeous sketchbook pages - really beautiful! What about Encyclopedia of the Imagination? Or similar. Or of the Fantastical? Your gorgeous art certainly makes my imagination soar.

    Kat Xx

  26. Or...what about Encyclopedia of 'my' imagination (rather than 'the'.


  27. Awesome! I love the fairies and the clothesline paintings the best

  28. How about - an encyclopedia of things you like to create?

    They are all fabulous pages! All lovely and so interesting too!

  29. WOW!!! I am so in love! Just gorgeous - I love that little girl especially. What beauty! xoxo

  30. I really love both tree images!

  31. How about "Imagine!!!" for a theme! They are all wonderful!!!

  32. All your pages are fabulous but I am really in love with the TREE and BUTTERFLIES layout. Gorgeous!
    Belated Happy PPF!
    Sheri Cook/HappyHorseStudio

  33. Fantastic pages!!! And great collection!!


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