I finally gave in and decided not to force myself to carry around the beautiful, but gigantic pretentious sketchbook I’ve been working in as of late. I’m still drawing in it at home, but it’s too much to lug around all the time. I have, instead, opted for a small folio Blake constructed in the Japanese Stab binding style for my travel sketches.
Here are a few recent doodles in it starting with some views from the laundry mat and segueing into sketches made during our visit this past weekend to the fantastic Detroit Institute of the Arts. DIA is huge! And it has a really wide ranging collection, plus some great contemporary exhibitions and a theater. We saw ancient art from all around the world as well as samples from pretty much the whole of Western art history and a great collection of Shirin Neshat‘s photography and video work that had some interactive components.
Our trip to Detroit on Friday was made in honor of my 28th birthday. We ate lots of good food (mostly meat!) and saw a tremendous amount of art. And, best of all, Detroit’s only 1:20 away! So I definitely see more trips in our future. As per usual, Blake and I spend countless hours at museums and never seem to make it through it all! So I know DIA deserves another visit, and I’m sure there are plenty of other worthy museums in Detroit that require our attention, as well.