I have never been able to meditate in the sitting-crosslegged-on-a-cushion sort of way; I am way too fidgety and my muscles cramp up. I can, however, achieve that same quietness of mind through repetitive movement. Running, hiking, paddling can get me there. So can doodling, moving a pen or brush across paper without a specific […]
Scribbled on the shuttle bus from Denver to Boulder.
Another version of my wife’s Gary Larson-esque family. I am obsessed with this photo! Semi-blind contour drawing, watercolor pencil.
Yay! It’s Art Every Day Month! An annual challenge to create – and post – art every day for a month. I’ve participated now for three or four years and find it a wonderful practice and a wonderful community. This year I’m involving some of my “real life” community of art makers – we’re having […]
I’ve been graphically recording sessions at the California Society of Association Executives’ annual conference. Attendees rush up afterwards to take photos and shower me with compliments, then rush off to their next session. I rarely get a chance to answer two important questions: What happens to these pictures afterwards? How might this work be useful […]
No one reads a comic strip because it’s drawn well. They read it because it makes them laugh! When I give a presentation about visual thinking tools, I ask folks to “raise your hand if you can draw.” Very few hands go up. If I asked that question in a kindergarten class, EVERY hand would […]
I’m totally in love with cartoonist Lynda Barry. She posts the syllabus and homework exercises for her university classes online so anyone can follow along. The piece below was done following the assignment about halfway down this page. Barry’s exercises are always extremely specific, down to the type of pen and notebook she asks students […]
There was hard freeze last night; as a result, every single leaf has fallen off the fuyu. I love the starkness of these bare trees against the blue blue sky, with these gigantic, silly-looking orange fruits still hanging on for dear life. I wanted to capture that starkness with a minimum of color. Decided the […]
I have always loved to climb trees; still do, although opportunities are less frequent. The avocado tree in my memory was huge with several low horizontal limbs; when ensconced within its dense, overhanging foliage, I was invisible. What really mystifies me: How can I have grown up surrounded by this most delicious fruit without EATING […]