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November 4, 2010

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

I got Isaiah a little gift today. I bought his entry into the Art House Coop’s Sketchbook Project.

If you haven’t heard about it, definitely check it out, it’s a badass project.

Beyond the obvious exposure to Isaiah’s art, we’ve both been in a tiny creative funk lately. We both have many creative outlets, but Isaiah’s main priority is definitely art. Obviously, his most recent endeavors in graphic design are encompassed by art…but there’s something tricky about confining an artist to a computer…they never get to see the full glory of their work in print. Isaiah has been a graphic designer for more than ten years and has the most marvelously creative eye I’ve ever seen.

But the painting, oh, the painting. The painting that hangs half finished. I’ve been nudging him to get back into his original love of painting and drawing for more than one reason. First, to finish said half-finished painting. Second, because it’s too easy to get into ruts when you’re not getting to see your work’s full experience.

I enlisted him in The Sketchbook Project, to which he hugged me sweetly and said, “Thank you, baby,” in the most humble tone I’ve heard in a long time from this egomaniac. I kid.

I can’t wait to share some of his projects along the way, he’s really brilliant, kids.

Who wants to give Isaiah a gigantic round of applause with me?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2010 9:28 pm

    What an awesome, supportive present! Love it.

    • November 5, 2010 5:04 pm

      yay! i hope he loves it…i can’t wait to see what he makes with it, honestly…he’s so incredibly creative. it’s ridiculous.

  2. Alicia permalink
    November 4, 2010 11:35 pm

    Sounds awesome! I can’t wait to see some of his work!!

  3. November 4, 2010 11:36 pm

    Oh my what a wonderful gift!!! Sooo sweet! I so agree with you about the ruts and funks ;-)…once you’re in them it’s easy to stay! Seriously it is why I do a homemade project every Thursday on my blog…if I didn’t I wouldn’t be motivated to be creative! And I look forward to you sharing his works of art!


    • November 5, 2010 12:49 pm

      for sure, it’s too easy to get into those funks. i love your handmade projects, keep it up! we’ll definitely be sharing his work on the project, can’t wait!

  4. November 4, 2010 11:48 pm

    *BIG HUGE ROUND OF APPLAUSE* What a thoughtful gift. One of the best things about being in a good relationship is the support and constructive “pushing”. 🙂 Good luck to him and be sure to share!

  5. November 5, 2010 2:43 am

    This is an interesting idea! I love it that you’re supporting his creative aspect and giving him the room and freedom to create! Excellent!

  6. November 5, 2010 5:16 am

    (clap clap clap) hurrah! woo! what a sweet fiance Isaiah has 🙂

  7. November 5, 2010 12:34 pm

    So fantastic! I’ve been wanting to do the sketchbook project for a year now… but I can never quite bring myself to click “purchase.” What a great gift idea!!

    • November 5, 2010 12:48 pm

      For sure…it was tough, it was weird to pay for something like that…but we’re so completely excited about it. You should absolutely do it!

      • November 8, 2010 10:21 am

        so I wanted to thank you for inspiring me — I decided not to wait until I can mentally justify the $45, so I went to Michael’s a bought a 40% off hardbound sketchbook. Not quite the same thing, but I’ve already filled up 3 pages and it feels SO GOOD to be drawing again!! (I honestly haven’t sketched anything since I got my MFA last summer :P). I’m not really doing a theme, but I’ve decided: no tearing out pages, everything, even “mistakes,” will be considered art. 🙂

      • November 8, 2010 10:42 am

        Margaret! Woooo! Word. I hope you’ll be sharing your art… 🙂

  8. November 5, 2010 12:50 pm

    Thanks so much, ladies! We’ll definitely be sharing the creations and we’re pumped beyond belief to get back into the swing of things.

  9. November 5, 2010 1:17 pm

    omg. i need to clean out my reader some more. how did i not see this post before?!

    that’s freaking fantastic! isaiah is going to kill it!

    love that you two are so supportive of each other’s creativity.

    • November 5, 2010 5:05 pm

      haha yay! you can sign up until november 15th..would you or josh like to do it? it’s not expensive and it’s gonna be epic.

  10. November 5, 2010 4:49 pm

    what a cool project!

  11. November 7, 2010 8:52 pm

    So thoughtful. I’m a big fan of presents of this nature. 😉

    And go Isaiah! Can’t wait to see his work.


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