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Slow Moments: Week Four.

Slow Moments: Week Four.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014

Vera answered me and then asked, rather knowingly, “Are you writing about the eagle?” I told her that I was – and how he taught me that whether in flight or at rest, we always have our wings.

Sketch of the month: February edition.

Sketch of the month: February edition.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014

I found that my brief encounter with Leena had been its own source of quiet energy for me. Her questions and kind smile remained me for a long time, imbuing each stroke of my paintbrush with a renewed sense of peace and purpose.

“Find your eternity in each moment”: In search of Slow Moments.

“Find your eternity in each moment”: In search of Slow Moments.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014

I spend so much time focusing on the big moments ahead – the meetings, the workshops – that I forget to focus on all the steps in between, the Slow Moments that actually make up our lives.

Sketching Christmas spirit: Poinsettias and post office revelations.

Sketching Christmas spirit: Poinsettias and post office revelations.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Geraldine reminded me of a valuable truth that afternoon: that no matter what the crazy retailers want us to believe, Christmas isn’t about what we’re going to get or give. It’s about celebrating what we already have.

Travel sketch of the month: August edition.

Travel sketch of the month: August edition.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013

It has been a summer of discovering new landscapes – the ethereal Shi Shi Beach of Olympic National Park, the desert canyons of Yakima River Valley in central Washington, and now I can add Desolation Wilderness to that list, too.

Summer Sketches: Postcard from Shi Shi Beach.

Summer Sketches: Postcard from Shi Shi Beach.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013

With my camera stolen, I can’t share photos from my new favorite haunt in Seattle – but what I do have is a sketch from Shi Shi Beach in Olympic National Park, where I spent the weekend camping and falling in love with its misty, tree-lined shores.

Travel sketch of the month: July edition.

Travel sketch of the month: July edition.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013

She soon leaves us as we sketch the Bay Bridge, but Suzanne’s words remain with me throughout the rest of the day. Whether I’ve been in a place for thirty seconds or thirty years, I never want to stop sketching – and more importantly, stop seeing.

“everything is its own reward”: chasing ghosts in north beach, san francisco.

“everything is its own reward”: chasing ghosts in north beach, san francisco.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012

It’s still hard to say what exactly made our day so cool. Maybe it was that “everything is its own reward,” and I couldn’t help thinking about all the little moments that had led us to North Beach, and where all of our paths would lead us after.

sacramento solitude: the first long roll of the sea.

sacramento solitude: the first long roll of the sea.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012

I came to Sacramento to revel in silence; to be in a place where I know no one and no one knows me. I came to process, to think or not think, whatever my mood; to speak or not speak. I came for that thing called solitude.

photographing fireworks: a very bokeh independence day.

photographing fireworks: a very bokeh independence day.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012

The fireworks prove tricky to photograph – especially getting certain things like exposure and focus right. That’s when I decide to turn off my camera’s auto-focus, twist the lens and blur the suckers to a point beyond recognition.