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Moleskine Project VII

by ncwinters on August 3, 2018

The Moleskine Project is back!

I’m honored to be included in this year’s lineup for Moleskine Project VII at Spoke Art Gallery in NYC. The annual show features several artists each creating a unique image via the medium of the classic Moleskine sketchbook. It’s always a delight to see all the different interpretations of how each artist tackles this challenge, both in content and in medium. You’d think the most obvious solution would be pencil or pen on paper, but artists used a variety of methods from acrylics, gouache and  watercolor, to oils, spray paint, and even cutting and manipulation of the pages themselves.

I went with a very straightforward approach and just filled the spread with as much ink drawing as my cramped hands would let me. And then I added just a little more. It was a joy to hear that the piece sold before the show’s opening. I’m super happy with how it turned out, as well as the caliber of art delivered for the show by all the artists. As usual, Rod Luff and Ken Hashimoto know how to curate an incredible group of artists, and I’m honored to be showing with them.

The show opens tomorrow, July 4 at Spoke Art in NYC. I wish I could be in attendance, but I will be stuck on the west coast. If you’re in the New York metro area, don’t miss out on the show! And here is my contribution: “Behold.”

Pen and ink in Moleskine sketchbook.
8″ x 10″ (spread size) (2018) $1300. SOLD.
Part of the Moleskine Project VII at Spoke Art

detail views.



Moleskine Project VI

by ncwinters on July 8, 2017

The Moleskine Project is back, in its sixth incarnation.

Good friend and fellow PRISMA Collective artist Rodrigo Luff has invited me once again to the annual Moleskine Project at Spoke Art. I’m excited to once again partake in this project, where artists are asked to create an original piece of art in a Moleskine sketchbook, which will then be framed and shown in a gallery setting. It’s an interesting take on a gallery show, as many artists keep a sketchbook (or several) and this venue showcases the sketchbook as art object in itself.

As one who doesn’t usually draw at length in a sketchbook (though I own several) this is always a fun excersise, and I do my best to treat the medium as originally intended, and fill the pages with an elaborate detailed rambly drawing. I always end up on the fence of wanting to do this on a regular basis after this project, but ultimately, I would prefer to work on individual sheets of paper rather than in a book. One of thse days I may actually fill a sketchbook, but this gallery show project is also telling for me in that most of my sketchbooks only end up with a drawing or two inside anyway.

The show opens Satuday, July 8 at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco. My contribution to the show: “Lucid Dream,” pen & ink and ink wash in moleskine notebook. Please contact Spoke Art for purchase inquiries. For those intrigued by the Moleskine Project, there’s also a hard back book available with previous Moleskine Project works in for your purchasing pleasure. I’m honored to be included. You can find out more about that here.


“Lucid Dream”
Pen/ink and ink wash in Moleskine sketchbook.
8″ x 10″ (spread size) (2017) $1000
For purchase inquiries, please contact Spoke Art.

detail views.



4th Annual Moleskine Project!

by ncwinters on April 3, 2015

It’s Moleskine Project time!


The Annual Moleskine Project is a yearly show curated by amazing artist (and fellow PRISMA Artist Collective member) Rod Luff. If you’re not familiar, go check out his amazing work right now, I’ll wait. Every year, he invites select artists to work one spread in a Moleskine sketchbook which, when finished, will be mounted and framed for the gallery opening at Hashimoto Contemporary.

A preface: I don’t sketch or draw in a sketchbook as a general practice.

Every time I do so, I end up wanting to develop the drawing further with inks, paint and the like. Unfortunately, since it’s a sketchbook, the pages generally don’t hold up to such robust materials. So, I usually work on individual sheets of heavier duty paper. This often leads to the mass of random drawings that are lying about, but it also is a bit of a safety net in case I get into the piece and want to go further.


When I was invited to the 4th installment of the annual Moleskine Project by Rod, I leapt into the challenge to use an atypical medium and try to figure out how to make it work. I chose to do two books this year. For one, I wanted to do a straightforward sketchbook ramble, with the pen deciding what the image will end up as (often what I usually do, but with an extra emphasis on keeping it not very planned out). I couldn’t help myself and had to break out some ink wash, in addition to simply ink pen on paper. This was especially tricky as the paper isn’t terribly forgiving, and tends to buckle pretty quick, which leads me to the second book…

The second was an attempt to go the complete other direction, gessoing the paper to handle some more beefy media. For that one, I ended up using collage, cut out paintings on paper, ink, paint, acetate, tape and even string. It was a fun way to push the medium and explore a new space as well as tackle some experimental themes I’ve been interested in lately. Both were a ton of fun for very different reasons, and I’m super pleased with how they turned out.

The show opens tomorrow at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco with an absolute killer roster of talent. Every year the show gets better and better, and this one was of course the best to date. So many amazing artists pulling out all the stops. I’m not kidding, it’s an intimidating group, filled with amazing boss level artists using everything from graphite to oil paint and even cutting up the Moleskine. I wish I could make the show, but if you are in the San Francisco area, you should make sure that you don’t miss it! Please contact Hashimoto Contemporary directly for any inquiries, and enjoy the show!


“Broken Memories”
Ink in Moleskine sketchbook, varnished.





Mixed media: cut paper, acetate, thread, pen/ink, ink wash and acrylic in Moleskine, varnished.