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My name is Candace, I’m a writer, sketch artist, and illustrator, and I’m glad you stopped by. Have a look around, or drop me a line at [email protected] Thank you for reading!

Illustrated inspiration from Book Passage Travel Writers Conference 2014.

Illustrated inspiration from Book Passage Travel Writers Conference 2014.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014

The past four days gifted me a series of phrases that have been circling in my head from the moment I heard them, so this year I thought – why not let Book Passage speak for itself?

An illustrated love letter to Vashon Island.

An illustrated love letter to Vashon Island.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014

As I studied the Puget Sound in my scooter’s rear-view mirror, I realized then that the greatest gift that Vashon gave me this summer was the gift of reflection – the gift of looking back.

Introducing my next sketching adventure!

Introducing my next sketching adventure!

Posted on Jul 21, 2014

It’s yet another lesson I’ve learned this year: As scary as the unknown can be – be it our future or simply a new corner of the world – it’s up to us to finally fill in the blanks…not to mention our sketchbooks.

My one-year Etsy-versary: Notes on listening to the flow.

My one-year Etsy-versary: Notes on listening to the flow.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014

I’m learning that just because our dreams change and take on a different shape doesn’t mean we’re giving up on them – it simply means we’re listening to what’s working. We’re listening to the flow.

Notes from an island in the Puget Sound.

Notes from an island in the Puget Sound.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014

I keep thinking about the mysterious ways in which life often works – planting seeds when we least expect it, and then giving us equally unexpected opportunities to bring those seeds to fruition.

The day I lost my travel mojo.

The day I lost my travel mojo.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014

We find our rhythms in life, and we fall out of them. We catch our buses and flights, and sometimes we miss them. We lose our travel mojo, and we get it back – at least that’s what I’m hoping happens soon.

A little birthday sketch by the sea.

A little birthday sketch by the sea.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014

My head is always filled with a thousand plans for the future, but as I dug my feet into the sand and sketched a place I’ve been calling home for nearly three decades now, I felt my mind grow still.

Introducing Summer’s Sketchbook 2014.

Introducing Summer’s Sketchbook 2014.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014

If our inaugural Summer’s Sketchbook last year was any indication of what’s to come this summer, I couldn’t be more excited to see the sketches that unfold over the new few months.

One last look at Salt Spring Island.

One last look at Salt Spring Island.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014

It occurred to me this week that while I’ve shared sketch after sketch of Salt Spring, I’ve shared very little photos of it on the blog – and that perhaps you might enjoy a different look at the island.

A day in the life of a yurt dweller.

A day in the life of a yurt dweller.

Posted on May 26, 2014

Though it’s what I’ll miss the most about my current role as a yurt dweller, it’s also what I’m determined to carry with me when I leave – the sense of awareness and aliveness I feel here.