A Jerry Garcia sketchbook containing 17 original watercolor and pen and ink renderings, 1991
Seventeen drawings by Garcia, depicting fantasy, cartoonesque, realistic and abstract imagery, with two pages of words in Jerry's hand; one drawing torn from binding and laid in notebook. Bound in a gray spiral notebook, with marbled board covers, showing some wear.
Images in this book include a sketch of a brain/eye; two classic human forms from Jerry's vast work on the subject; and examples of his evolving series of sketches of the human hand. These are followed by several pages of cartoon characters and studies, the beginning of his geometric works, and what is likely a predecessor to the landscape work of "Desert Storm" or possibly "Smoke Signal." Toward the end, a colorful Egyptian-themed piece is followed by a blue arch study, and the final page is a nearly complete work that is very similar to "Courtyard." Present also is a note to himself to pick up "TV cam and banjo pics," giving us just a glimpse of his day-to-day life.
As remembered by Mountain Girl: "... The first image in the book is a brain/eye drawing. It shows Jerry's wild, creative side and his enjoyment for different kinds of imagery. The next two are classic human forms from Jerry's vast work on the subject. They also are excellent examples of his ever evolving work on the human hand. The next several pages contain a variety of cartoon characters, studies and his beginnings of geometric works. A golden predecessor of 'Desert Storm' or possibly 'Smoke Signal' follows. It clearly demonstrates Jerry's work on landscapes that would become a cornerstone of his portfolio. A note to himself to pick up 'TV cam and Banjo picks' gives us a wonderful look into his day to day routine. He has an early study on the following page of images he would express in several ocean related works. A colorful Egyptian themed piece is followed by a beautiful blue arch study. The final page in this Aquarelle sketch book is a nearly complete work that is very similar to 'Courtyard.' The value of Jerry's sketch books go far beyond their inspired content. They are the foundational work of an artist and a glimpse into how he approached his craft."
8 1/2 x 5 3/4 in.