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In Context: Sketching and Listening

As you sketch, you listen, to something entirely different from what you’re sketching. Sometimes John Oliver makes a comment you just have to note down. It’s all a snapshot of a moment in time. 

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In Context: An Interest in Gadgets

The text on this page sums up the topic for today.

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Drawing to Improve Your Mood

Recovering from the  iliac vein dissection has been difficult. It’s placed limits on my mobility and energy. I’ve had to change how I think about exercise. My heart is broken that I can’t cycle any more. One morning I wrote this caption on the next page in my journal, after a painful effort of exertion. […]

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What I Did in the Pandemic: Thoughts

The page spread from 2020 is the post. That’s a sketch of a chef on one of the many cooking competition shows I watch. It’s simply fun to watch people create things.

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In Context: Sketching to Work Something Out

The other day I sketched this white Chihuahua.  I went in too dar with the ink to start, and at one point before much was down, I made a small circle at the top right to start again, but then I thought, “Just look at the hair.” And I went back to the main sketch […]

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What I Did in the Pandemic: Zooming

During the Pandemic I did Zoom calls with friends, as you’ll learn if you read this page spread—which is full of writos; it was late, I was tired, but you can tell what I meant to write in context. For the first time in 43 years I was learning what it was like to have […]

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In Context: My Life Is a Stream of Detective Shows

…often the detectives meet on the page. Update: People didn’t recognize Ray Collins as Lt. Arthur Tragg from the long-running “Perry Mason” with Raymond Burr. Yes, he has nothing to do with Poirot, that’s what I meant by my life being a stream of detective shows—meeting on the page. If you’re one of the folks […]

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How Things Line Up

When you post on Instagram your images shuffle over and your whole grid of images, all the way back to your first post shuffle over. Rows change contents. I know there are folks who really plan the organization of their posts so that there is some type of cohesive whole going on. But since my […]

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Not a Waste of Space

The questions I get most from visual journaling students surround the issue of the use of space on a page or spread. There are a lot of factors that feed the questions, swirl around in the mind and stopping action. I like to remind students that the more they journal the more these questions will […]

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Euclid, Geometry, and the Practice of Art

Here’s a quotation from an article I was reading in the New Yorker Magazine recently. Beyond geometry the writer, James Somers, reminds us something about the practice of anything. And the many paths to something—whether it’s geometry, coding, art, or… 

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