I keep a little book in my purse at all times. It may be a stretch to call it an art journal, although it always has a little art in it. It is my catch-all, my notebook, my sketchbook, where I write down my to-do lists and phone numbers and dates before they get into my computer. More and more there is evidence of Bean in my books – her stickers, her lines, her drawings, sometimes the things she brings me to draw, if she catches me sketching.
These books are my grounding, my reminder that I am here, I am not lost, I have dreams and ideas and curiosities. Sitting down with my book and a pen or a brush is my easiest, most common form of self care. Here are some peeks inside those pages.
These next few pages come from a larger book I keep in my studio. It is messier, painty-er and where I experiment. In these pages I am finding my way back to myself as an artist.