"All My Photographs are Made with Pens" - Tommy Kane *
Seeing a friend's travel sketchbook was the original spark that set me on this artistic journey. The immediacy of her drawings seemed so much more meaningful than the snap and go habit I had gotten myself into after the onset of digital photography. I thought, "I want to do that", and set myself the goal of making at least one sketch a day, no matter how crappy. Many of these sketches, were really quite simple: a few quick minutes sketched while watching TV at the end of long day of the rear view of one of my cats sitting on my legs. And over time, even those got better.
Now I always have a sketchbook with me. Some days I might just doodle a random idea or what I see looking out the window on a long train ride or what I am having for breakfast or what's around me while waiting at a doctor's office. Some days I go out to meet friends to sketch around my neighborhood. Everything and anything might catch my eye. It's all good.
I've also had the great fortune of following in my friend's footsteps and filling quite a few travel sketchbooks. I've excerpted pages from my trips to Cuba, Tuscany, Alaska, Louisiana, New York City, Maine, Rhode Island, Northern and Southern California, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona in the gallery below. I hope you enjoy them.