My first entry in the Sketchbook Project coincides with my 80th year of life. Wanting to record some of the visual experiences, thoughts and memories of an octogenarian living in North Texas in 2015-16, I decided to ignore misgivings about being an illustrator. Instead, I took inspiration from the idiosyncratic work of Maira Kalman, who writes and draws unselfconsciously about her inner world and the world around her. I’ve sketched an inhomogeneous group of sights, ranging from sculpture in Deep Ellum (Dallas) to voters in line at my suburban polling place. I’ve expressed whimsical thoughts about Queen Anne of Great Britain/Ireland, as well as cynical thoughts about Donald Trump. And I’ve included transfers made from sketches on my iPad. Throughout the sketchbook there are pictures of my much-loved family – sometimes on cloth stitched to the pages, since textiles are one of my passions. The covers feature my batik papers, another of my favorite art forms. Sincere thanks to anyone who takes the time to explore these images and reminiscences with me!
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