Category Archives: Sketchbooks

The Mysterious Clockface Revelation

Welcome to gym class for artists. No, I am not kidding. Pull out your pens and sketchbooks, kick off your shoes, and get ready to be amazed. We are going to draw analog clock faces. Whether you are an artist … Continue reading

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Gentle Momentum

I was talking with a friend recently about the difference between inspiration and duty. Sure enough, within 12 hours, I came across not one but three webinars whose focus was on just that, so here we are. Have you ever … Continue reading

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Recent Travels with My Tribe

Part 2: I learned a great deal from my past three Summer School courses. I barely recognize the woman I was in 2017, the woman who struggled to answer the question: “If expense were not an issue and you had … Continue reading

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Reopening the World: Will you forfeit what you have gained?

Although I would never say this worldwide pandemic has been a blessing in any sense, many people have discovered that running at a snail’s pace has its perks. The question is, even though you may be on the verge of … Continue reading

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The Perks of a “Look at That!” Attitude

Sometimes we forget why we do what we do. I fell back in love with sketching outdoors about six years ago, after a very long hiatus. I had drifted away from sketching, and in doing so I had forgotten what … Continue reading

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Have you ever taken a nap with your eyes open?

That’s pretty much what sketching felt like today. I was gently focused on what I was doing and at some point I thought, “Yeah, I think I’m done.” ( I wish you could hear how I enunciated that ‘yeah’—it was more like ‘yehhhhh-aaaaaah”—it had about four syllables.) When I finished, I took a picture of […]

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Episode 11/11…wherein I return home to 2020, and ponder next steps

I always experience a bit of emotional jet-lag at the end of a long trip, and this time is no different, despite having done all this travel sitting right here at my laptop in the living room. It was exhausting … Continue reading

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Episode 1/11…wherein I escape the reality of 2020 quarantine and Travel Through Time and Space to 2022 Britain

March 30th, 2022 What a crazy time it has been in the two years since that insane 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. It slapped the entire planet, sending it to its room for weeks, months on end. The rhythm of adjustment was … Continue reading

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The Perfect Time to Travel is…Right Now

I boarded a plane on April 1st, 2020, heading to the UK for a month, thanks to the inspiration of Roz Stendahl. “Are you mad? There is a global pandemic going on!” No worries, it is perfectly safe to travel … Continue reading

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Seize the Sieve!

Are there any of you out there who feel like the already-busy internet has turned into a madhouse of adrenaline-addled traffic? For good reason of course, but all the more reason to embrace filtering. You may be wondering about my … Continue reading

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