Margie, The Sketchbook Project, and art as a means of living a life

Margie's first sketchbook page

“This is inspired by me liking birds a lot. Dogs are also a favorite.”

Our studio community is collectively creating a submission for The Sketchbook Project, a traveling library of sketchbooks that anyone can join. (Our participation is facilitated by the Maryland Federation of Art, in celebration of their 50th Anniversary!)

Sketchbooks are a fave of Margie’s, she avidly fills them at home and at the studio. And she was on a roll today with our book, filling 3 pages, front-and-back, rather than just one.


Interestingly, Margie elected to only fill her pages with images even though she often includes words– poetry, mainly– in her own sketchbooks. Yet her singular focus on this project today was a reminder of several wordy artistic aphorisms that are borne out at Make Studio on a weekly basis.

Margie working in our community sketchbook

Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.

—Andy Warhol

I paint for myself. I don’t know how to do anything else, anyway. Also I have to earn my living, and occupy myself.

—Francis Bacon

Everything I do is completely original—I made it up when I was a kid.

—Claes Oldenburg

I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.

― Robert Henri

We highly recommend you get your own sketchbook, fill it with your images and/or words, and share it with just us, your fave city, or the whole world!

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