On Sunday I got to the bit in my "who's made a mark this week" about the the "Watercolour" exhibition and thought I'd just scan one of my sketches as a bit of a taster for my review of the exhibition which I had intended to do yesterday.
This was the point at which I discovered that my black Moleskine Sketchbook was not where it should be in my backpack.
After I had turned all my backpacks out, searched through various piles and rooted through all the unlikely places sketchbooks can get to, I came to the reluctant conclusion that I had lost it.
Then I had to work out where! The obvious conclusion was I'd left it behind inadvertently at Tate Britain.
I'd been using it all afternoon to do three sketches in the Watercolour exhibition - while at the same time making notes about the exhibition at the back. (All my sketchbooks work on the principle of images start from the front and notes start from the back and I move on to a new one when they meet up!) Which meant I had it in my hand when I walked out - straight into the exhibition shop area in the foyer.
I think I must have left it at the till when I paid for my purchases. Many is the time I have people reminding me to take all my bits and pieces away with me!
Anyway, after the initial panic on Sunday, yesterday I sent Tate Britain an email and explained that I thought I'd lost my sketchbook and described it. This morning I got a reply saying my email had been sent to the Lost Property People and this afternoon I got a very nice email from a chap called Peter Adams to say they'd got a sketchbook where the first page was Leadenhall Market and the last page was the Bell Tower in Venice (my sketch of the Arthur Melville painting "The Blue Night" in the exhibition) - at which point out I let out a very large whoop and nearly punched the screen of the iMac! I'm sure all other dedicated sketchers will know the feeling. The return of the prodigal sketchbook!
I'm going to collect it tomorrow morning - and later tomorrow I will be posting my much delayed review of the exhibition.
What really surprised me was just how just how devastated I felt having lost my Moleskine. It's one I now use for "quickies" because I mainly use the A4 size Moleskine to sketch in. Nevertheless I felt like I'd lost a bit of me. There was a hole which needed filling. It was the first thing I thought of when I woke up yesterday morning and this morning.
How silly is that?
Anyway - I'm going to be completing every last bit of the frontispiece of all my Moleskines in future. I normally include my name and a URL for one of my blogs.
However in future it will also have a telephone number, an email address and a notice for a reward!
Has anybody else ever lost a sketchbook?