September 4, 2005

The Amsterdam Notebooks—Page 35, the final page.

It's the last day of this 35 day project. The full set is now available here.

Amsterdam Notebook

Amsterdam Notebook

Amsterdam Notebook

With that, we close The Amsterdam Notebooks — and see a final litter square on the back cover, a detail from Page 1:

Amsterdam Notebook

Once again, we wonder: Does it?

MORE: "A final litter square"? I meant little, but I'm going to accept the typo as a true Freudian slip.

10 comments:

Pete said...

Should art rage? Or should it do other things as well? Personally, to much of what passes as modern art only rages. I think it should move me in some way but, too often, it now seems to be created only to enrage the viewer. Perhaps that was the reaction in Van Gogh's time but to me, looking at it from the perspective of time, I'm moved by its beauty. Can the same be said of much of what's considered art today?

Paul said...

Thanks a lot, a reminder that I had to ask what the little "Does it" box mean, when I first saw it at the beginning. Sigh.
All I know is that I enjoyed the drawings and musings. From Art Rages to the Shoe, it was all good. Thank you.

MrsWhatsit said...

Ann, I've enjoyed this graphic travelogue. Thank you!

bearing said...

Ann, thank you so much for this tour. It's a great idea and your drawings are wonderfully communicative.

Ruth Anne Adams said...
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Ann Althouse said...

Good question, Ruth Anne. It's hard to make yourself draw when you have a digital camera. But drawing is so different. To draw, you have to take the time to study the subject and doing this you have thoughts about it and you notice things to emphasize or to look for in your next subject. It's not just the time either, it's the requirement of understanding what you are looking at. And with the drawings, you add words when you want, you add insets and combine elements, you reconstruct some things from memory, you distort and caricature. I love photography, but it's so easy that it displaces drawing. There are some situations when you can't take a photograph. You can't just aim a camera at people for one thing. You're dependent on the light to a large extent. And you certainly can't take a photograph of something that you saw earlier in the day! So that makes a place for drawing. My biggest problem is actually that the pen I used stopped flowing properly and I've never found another one I liked as much. I've been mourning over that fountain pen for ten years. And I have two other fountain pens I still mourn as well — both of them were lost.

price said...

It was like an adventure in my head! Thank you for sharing the journal with us... I've never been out of the country yet, and the idea of keeping a sketch travel journal makes me even sadder about this fact.

Susan said...

I've loved the whole series and looked forward to each day's entry. Way better than photos. Thanks.

miklos rosza said...

Ann, I wonder to what extent you follow the art world of today. Do you subscribe to Art in America or Artforum, for instance?

Would you care to name some of your favorite artists, both present or near-present and past?

Surfed said...

How so very similar to my "on the run" sketches.