Friday, April 6, 2012

Still Plugging Along on Pilgrim

I didn't achieve my goal of finishing Pilgrim, the book I've been altering, in 2011 as planned. That's OK because it's a big book. It's a really big book.

Did I mention that it's a big-ass book? So far I've altered 135 pages that are 12 x 13 inches each. When I think about it that way, it's no wonder I'm still plugging away at it. If I had completed 135 of anything else in 2011, it would feel like an enormous accomplishment.

Pilgrim has been a wonderful place for me to play and experiment. Some pages are just about pattern and color because I like pattern and color.

Some pages are just about mark making and seeing what can evolve.

Some pages were inspired by The Sketchbook Challenge. Others by song lyrics, favorite artists, books, movies, or experiences. This page was inspired by a book about vintage board games to which I added a quote that seemed appropriate.

I couldn't resist one more hand image. I think this is the third one in the book.

I re-discovered my plastic alphabet stencils and added favorite quotes wherever they would fit.

I've had a lot of opportunity to practice my lettering on these pages.

This page was done on Easter last year. I can't believe an entire year has passed since then. I guess Pilgrim is proof for me that even a big-ass undertaking can be accomplished line by line, stroke by stroke, mark by mark, and word by word.

Pilgrim is really close to finished now. Filling the last few pages and adding a bit more here and there is both exhilarating and bittersweet. A celebration will be in order when this big book is finally declared DONE.


Jacky said...'re doing such a great job. 135 pages is amazing. It must be great going back through the pages (especially finding the one you did last Easter!!!). I did that this year, was flicking back through an old moleskin and came across a page I had done on Australia Day the year was lovely to look back on it.

Happy Easter!

Jacky xox

Amy said...

What beautiful pages!

Candace said...

That's quite an accomplishment and a beautiful work of art!

Anonymous said...

Wow...135 pages is like...BIG! Pilgrim looks awesome--and I'm jealous of your lettering, of course ;)

Fran T said...

AMAZING!!! I love this book! And the fact that it is big-ass. the palmistry page is fantastic. looking at this book and all your work, makes me wanna jump off my computer and get working...see ya . gotta go!!!

Emily Lagore said...

That is quite an accomplishment - big pages can be intimidating to me. Your pages are so bright, varied and so very interesting! Thank you for sharing!

April Cole said...

These are fantastic pages, thank you for sharing... "wow!"
Always enjoy seeing our artist's journal pages, such a treat. ((hugs))

Billie said...

Hi Pat

Your pages are amazing, Pilgrim is definately a lifes project, don't rush it, relish it.

It will be done, when its good n ready :)

Best wishes

Billie :)

TJ said...

Pilgrim is a big-ass project! I am so impressed with it... I totally felt sad reading that it was coming to an end soon and the bittersweet feeling that comes when that happens. I totally get it.
I think you should celebrate by coming to MPLS!
xx tj