It’s not everyday that you can get a glimpse inside the mind of an artist. You can visit a gallery and see a snapshot, or look at a bunch of their pieces and get a good idea about that period of time.
Then there is the artist sketch/notebook. Di Vinci’s notebook is a traveling exhibit of it’s own. The sketches and thoughts draw millions of visitors a year. Picasso, Monet, Degas have pages from their sketchbooks framed and displayed in museums around the globe. The notebook of an artist is more than one of their works. It’s their thought process laid out on paper. A storyboard of their thinking, a true glimpse into their mind. I believe that is why the sketch/notebook of an artist is so interesting.
Moleskine notebooks have long been a standard for artist and intellectuals alike. Recently Moleskine sponsored an extremely cool online art exhibit. Artist from around the world made videos showing the contents of their sketch/notebooks. The collection of videos can be seen at the DETOUR THE MOLESKINE CITY NOTEBOOK EXPERIENCE website.
I carry a Moleskine notebook, and one of these days I’ll have to make a video of what I keep in mine. For now, I’ll be inspired looking at what others have done and enjoying a brief journey into the minds of these gifted artists.