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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!

An illustrated history of Girona.

An illustrated history of Girona.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015

Here in Catalonia, where there’s such a debate taking place over the region’s future, it seemed all the more important—vital, even—to understand Girona’s past before I could begin to imagine its path forward.

Drawing connections in Girona.

Drawing connections in Girona.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015

For me, every connection is a tiny knot in the thousand fraying threads we carry with us. Every encounter is a part of the larger tapestry coming to life, slowly being woven into significance.

From Colombia to Costa Brava: Introducing a new sketching adventure.

From Colombia to Costa Brava: Introducing a new sketching adventure.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

If sketching the mural in Athens taught me anything, it’s that new ideas do indeed have a way of stretching our minds, just as windows are opened to the coming of spring.

Travel sketch of the month: January edition.

Travel sketch of the month: January edition.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014

As we kick off 2014, let us leave space in our schedules to wander, to walk for the pure sake of walking, to linger over a second cup of tea. But most importantly, let us never doubt ourselves for doing so.

Sketch of the month: December edition.

Sketch of the month: December edition.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013

The hills were equally arresting. I couldn’t stop staring at them, shielding my eyes from the sun as I tried to burn their image to my memory forever. When I think about it now, they offered me a bit of their clarity on a day when I felt anything but.

The Great Affair’s Guide to: Trekking the Evliya Celebi Way.

The Great Affair’s Guide to: Trekking the Evliya Celebi Way.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013

While I so enjoyed sharing stories and lessons from the Evliya Çelebi Way with you, now I’d like to get a little more practical. What follows is a round up of information I hope you’ll find useful, should you be interested in walking the route yourself.

Sketching Amsterdam: Gratitude along the Singel Canal.

Sketching Amsterdam: Gratitude along the Singel Canal.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013

Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today or not, I hope you find a bit of time to say your own prayer of gratitude. For life’s many crazy blessings, for new cities to explore, for the gift of home, and of course, for pumpkin pie.

Notes from the Evliya Çelebi Way: Days 21 and 22 to Simav!

Notes from the Evliya Çelebi Way: Days 21 and 22 to Simav!

Posted on Nov 20, 2013

I will be leaving Turkey grateful for this unexpected lesson in navigation. We have to trust that the direction our compass is pointing in – whether what lies ahead is a less defined path, or perhaps there’s no path at all – is worth taking. It always is.

Notes from the Evliya Çelebi Way: Days 15-20.

Notes from the Evliya Çelebi Way: Days 15-20.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013

Having walked alone these last three weeks, another shadow moving next to mine made for quite a change. Yet again, the path had gone in a different direction from my expectations – the lesson then, I think, might lay in the space between.

Notes from the Evliya Çelebi Way: Days 10-14.

Notes from the Evliya Çelebi Way: Days 10-14.

Posted on Nov 10, 2013

And the final thing I realized, on a rainy Thursday afternoon in Turkey, is that the path knows exactly what we need and when. Warmth. Shelter. Direction. A guide. It’s up to us, then, to trust the path and its provision. The path, like life itself, is always right.