As Alain de Botton writes in The Art of Travel, there’s nothing like a train journey to inspire creative thought — so I hope the #TalesonRail artist-in-residence will bring inspiration to our own Moment Catchers community.
In Valparaíso, Chile, it felt like nothing was too small for color, for attention, for transformation. And so, too, could I feel myself being transformed during my time in the city — especially my sketching style.
Friends, our community is about so much more than art — as we take the time to share our sketches and learn about each other’s lives, we’re making the world a more loving place to be…one sketch at a time.
Throughout the 40 Days of Moments project, I kept my eyes peeled for magic — because that’s one of the greatest lessons this project taught me: When we are on the lookout for moments, the universe provides them.
I have long been a fan of Mary Oliver’s poem “Sometimes,” but after our May Moment Catchers sketching challenge, I might have to humbly suggest an alternative ending: “Pay attention. Be astonished. Sketch about it.”
While I love my sketchbook as a tool for observing the outer world, I equally love my art journal for the way it helps me pay greater attention to the world within. I hope you enjoy my newest eBook, Art Journaling 101!
As I researched photos for the African savannah, Amazon rainforest, and the Great Barrier Reef, I loved the feeling of mentally circling the globe — and so, too, could I feel my own perspective being realigned.
We receive so much inspiration in our lives these days; my hope is that these three simple journaling ideas will help you document, process, and reflect on what inspires you — and even create something new out of it.
It was only by thinking about the birds that I could pin down what it is I love so much about the Northern Lights — that the lights are as animate and awe-inspiring as any creature in the universe; they’re alive.