Sketchbook on a Wednesday!

With less than two weeks to go I am on a tight schedule of a page a day to get this book finished in time for the postmark deadline of 15th January. I'm already contemplating the actual posting of the book. Should I walk to La Poste, slowly, through the fields. Reverently holding the book for the last time. We shall see. It may just be a last minute dash, with a complete lack of ceremony. Either way, I'm feeling confident about meeting the deadline - even if it means a few late nights.
Pages 56 and 57, The Sketchbook Project 2011, Cari-Jane Hakes
ο»Ώ As you can see I am battling a little bit with my sketches disappearing into the middle fold.  The book is getting a little thick with all the extra surfaces I've been sticking on each page. 

If you haven't already guessed, the balloon has landed in Venice.  I am a little bit obsessed with this place.  I have visited it once as an Inter-railing student, once as an architectural student on a study trip and once as a teacher.  I wish my third visit had been my first.  We approached the city on one of the river buses, through a kind of river/sea mist.  I watched the student's faces as they saw the city literaly emerge from the whiteness. It was beautiful and magical.

P.S.  In the rush to get this page done I put my painted pages onto the top of the metal casing of my fire to get the paint to dry a little quicker.  It was running a little hotter than normal so that when I returned to pick them up they has singed some what.  Hence the very brown, almost burnt edges!