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Three simple ways to keep an art journal in 2017

Three simple ways to keep an art journal in 2017

Posted on Jan 16, 2017

While a sketch often takes me a couple of hours, an art journal entry can take less than five minutes — and the rewards are just as great. I love catching more of life’s little moments, instead of letting them slip by me.

Moment Catchers Project: Sharing our sketches — January 2017

Moment Catchers Project: Sharing our sketches — January 2017

Posted on Jan 9, 2017

I was amazed by how many of you joined our first challenge, and from so many different corners of the world—from Mexico to the Netherlands to New Zealand, and from five different continents in total.

The Moment Catchers Project: Join our 2017 sketching challenge!

The Moment Catchers Project: Join our 2017 sketching challenge!

Posted on Jan 2, 2017

When I’m sketching, I listen more; I see more; and I remember more from each moment. As though it were a dreamcatcher, I love how my sketchbook helps me catch more moments from my life.

The Atlas of Connection: Project update

The Atlas of Connection: Project update

Posted on Dec 22, 2016

The unexpected genesis of the Atlas of Connection project has been one of the greatest blessings of 2016 for me. I’m excited to update you on how the project is going, and how it’ll be moving forward in the new year.

Sketching Nepal: At home in the jungle

Sketching Nepal: At home in the jungle

Posted on Dec 15, 2016

A love for simplicity is one of the greatest gifts my time in Asia gave me—or as Rilke wisely once said, a love for “the small things…great and immeasurable.” This short story from Nepal is in praise of such simplicity.

The Geography of Connection: A second call-out for your stories!

The Geography of Connection: A second call-out for your stories!

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

After our first map of connections, I’m excited to keep growing this project. Here’s to ideas that get our hearts racing and keep creating connections for us—sometimes, at the very moment we least expect it.

The Geography of Connection: Honoring your stories

The Geography of Connection: Honoring your stories

Posted on Nov 30, 2016

There’s a lot happening in the world that would lead us to believe how disconnected we are from each other—but if this map says anything, I believe it’s that connection is real, alive, and important to us all.

Book giveaway: The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology

Book giveaway: The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology

Posted on Nov 25, 2016

This week I’m thrilled to be giving away one copy of Lonely Planet’s newest collection, the Lonely Planet Travel Anthology, which features original travel stories from 34 writers…including yours truly!

Sketching Uruguay: When life gives our journeys shape

Sketching Uruguay: When life gives our journeys shape

Posted on Nov 18, 2016

The same symbols, the same landscapes and forms—it all keeps returning, doesn’t it? Our only job, then, is to take note, live with intention, and keep searching for the ways that life gives our journeys shape.

Sketching India: In praise of timeless places

Sketching India: In praise of timeless places

Posted on Nov 10, 2016

A deep love for spiced chai wasn’t the only thing I inherited from my time in India. I also discovered a love for long train journeys, a desire to live simply, and—most of all—an appreciation for timeless places.