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Visited the Sketchbook Project Truck

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I have been trying to draw something every day in my sketchbook, so when I read in Seattle Magazine that the Sketchbook Project was coming to town, I marked on my calendar.

The Sketchbook Project is a project, but it’s also a truck that travels around to different cities.  On July 10th it parked in front of the downtown branch of the Seattle Public Library, and the kids and I drove down there to check it out.  Unfortunately when we got there we only had fifteen minutes to check out the sketchbooks because the police were kicking them out of their parking spot earlier than planned.  Fortunately their systems were down and instead of having to check out and check in every sketchbook, we could just grab them, one at a time, and page through them and hand them back.  And wow, there were so many amazing and creative sketchbooks, I couldn’t believe it.  One of the ones I read was a journal of beautiful words and sketches that someone had made to document her mom’s battle with breast cancer.  That made me cry.  Another woman, who was actually there in person in a wheelchair, showed me her sketchbook which was included mostly photos, beautifully put together, of her when she was a little girl and got polio.  And then there were just lots and lots of really cool sketchbooks.  Like this one.

If the Sketchbook Project comes to your town, please check it out!  I might even consider submitting a sketchbook some day…