“Optisism” Inspired sketching…

Good listen the other day: Krista Tippett’s On Being Podcast with Tiffany Shlain. Very inspiring: ‘optisism’  = a mix of optimism and skepticism, the Positive Psychology movement – and so much more. I could have done a whole page on this one…but time eluded me! Check it out for yourself here. optisism

Last night...


josebwSaw a lovely performance by Jose Gonzalez at Lincoln Hall last night…made for a colorful sketchbook entry this morning.

Literal Date

youtube hijacked my sound 🙁

New! Sketchbook Journaling Workshops!

I’m thrilled to announce that you can now sign up via Sidetour to take my new 3 hour workshop Sketchbook Journaling About Your Pet it’s being offered Sept. 10, 14, 16 or 20 so you can pick from a weekday evening or a weekend afternoon. Since 2001, I’ve used my sketchbooks to chronicle my daily life and so many of those crazy and sweet memories included my pets. This three-hour workshop will help you do the same. You will learn to create a journal honoring a current pet, or as a memorial for a furry friend from the past. Follow this link for all the sign up details and to enroll. I would love for you to join me, please share with your other pet loving friends! Screen shot 2014-09-03 at 8.42.19 PM

ALF ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

If you’re on facebook you’ve probably already seen a gazillion of these…I did this instead:

Please watch this video after you watch mine: http://tinyurl.com/m4d76tp  You can donate to ALS research and help others, like Anthony Carbajal, here.


I had a very quick, but lovely trip to the Northwest over the last week…sad and bad news when I arrived back in Chicago:

I would love some help finding copyright free music I can incorporate into my videos, feel free to share! As well as any editing tips you may have…this music didn’t really fit, but was ‘legal’.

Day 2 with the sketchbook video:

Monday…day two, experimenting with video capture! Sorry, I’m having trouble centering this, and clearly the video I took of actually writing that lovely quote by Tyler Knott Gregson didn’t work out…foiled again!

On Sunday, I had the extraordinary experience of paddling on the lake without another soul in site, in the pouring rain. It was magical and a little crazy. Don’t worry, there was no lightening, Mom!

I rigged up this tripod (rock/candle/brick from my old house) for my phone/camera (which I took the photo with, so you can’t see it!) Unfortunately the 12 minutes of sketching I did were cropped too small. Trial by error…that’s my method!1466162_10152181755402172_7371916114437183701_n


My first sketchbook video!

My phone is magic – I’m excited to share this new video I just made! There’s a definite learning curve, but I’m committed to figuring in out. Stay tuned for more…


My facebook fan page has stolen all my blog time…I will attempt to start sharing those updates (and more!) here on my blog. Today, so far:Photo: Happiness = A fresh new sketch book!
Happiness = a fresh new sketch book, the old one is now full and stained with a coffee spill!

Photo: Thanks for sharing Silo Sister! Cathi Schwalbe

Quotes read to me by my friend, Cathi Schwalbe, at last week's Fields Project. A photo retropsective of my trip is coming soon!

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And new prints now available for sale on Fine Art America:
Above: One Chick + One Peppermint Tree
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Purple Poulet

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Tall Cow

Happy Heart Day!