The series of collaboration books began with four of these small Moleskine booklets. This is the first one to be completed, with the aid of Cathe (Amaryllis Log) and Chris (Christopher Beeson Encaustic) both in the US. My drawing above of exaggerated bluebottle jellyfish is where it began, so there was a theme of the ocean and related objects. Originally I had left my drawing black and white, but with a hint of colour. When I got the book back I felt it needed more intensity, so added stronger colour, to give more form and strength, using coloured pencils.
Cathe chose the beautiful rocks and pebbles that wash up on beaches as her subject matter, and with a note of inspired whimsy, added drawings of rocks, feathers and shells as separate dangling additions. These enhance every page and work as a connector between the disparate styles of the three of us.
Chris works predominantly in encaustic. This technique is generally done with oil paints on board, so he needed to adapt his technique to work on paper. He used many layers of watercolour pencils, without adding water, to build up a rich and intense colour. The elegant simplicity of his seascape contrasts beautifully with the more detailed work done by Cathe and myself.
The first and last pages were a collaboration, Cathe started off with a feather on each, and so I added a few more.
There are three more of these Moleskine books in the works, and the four handmade books, so plenty more to come! Interacting with these other artists, who have all been so generous with their ideas, time and expertise has been an enormous pleasure – I think there will be more to come, I don’t want to stop!