Notorious RBG

  “RBG” —A great movie about the exceptional life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. At 84 she is still going strong...she’s a rockstar!!!  #rbg #ruthbaderginsburg #notoriousrbg #sketch #sketching #sketchbook #sketchoftheday #penandink #watercolor #portrait #draw #drawing  #drawingoftheday #instaart #instadraw #instaartist #instaportrait #illustration #illustrator

 “RBG” —A great movie about the exceptional life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. At 84 she is still going strong...she’s a rockstar!!!

#rbg #ruthbaderginsburg #notoriousrbg #sketch #sketching #sketchbook #sketchoftheday #penandink #watercolor #portrait #draw #drawing  #drawingoftheday #instaart #instadraw #instaartist #instaportrait #illustration #illustrator

Camino de Santiago Memories-my sketch kit

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Keeping a daily sketchbook helps you to see and be present in the world.

I often get asked what art supplies I carried with me when walking and sketching for 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago. The sketch above shows all the tools I needed in a plastic zip top bag that I crammed into my already very full pack.

I sketched every day recording what was in front of me using pens and watercolors and writing down where we were and the date. The simple act of taking time to sketch created a deeper connection to the environment, stronger memories and enhanced the experiences of each amazing day on my journey. Buen Camino!

Camino de Santiago Memories—Los Arcos, Spain

Thinking of the Camino and wishing I was there. Four years ago, today, we arrived in Los Arcos. Sitting in the plaza by the Church of Santa Maria, I happily sketched the view, enjoying the warmth of the sun while listening to the excited and animated conversations and laughter from all the pilgrims enjoying the end of a long day on the Camino. Buen Camino pilgrims!!!

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Thinking of the Camino and wishing I was there. Four years ago, today, we arrived in Los Arcos. Sitting in the plaza by the Church of Santa Maria, I happily sketched the view, enjoying the warmth of the sun while listening to the excited and animated conversations and laughter from all the pilgrims enjoying the end of a long day on the Camino. Buen Camino pilgrims!!!

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The Healing Power of Art

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While I was researching some points about how creating art affects memory and joy, for a presentation this spring in California for the “American Pilgrims on the Camino” americanpilgrims.org, I was reminded of the impact of art therapy on our happiness and well-being.

Research confirms that the more deeply we process information, the more easily we can remember it. Drawing requires a thorough engagement with the subject matter which creates a stronger memory and those memories bring joy.

Most recently I reflected on how the simple act of my daily sketching created the opportunity for my relationship with my mom to change and grow and flourish. I am so grateful for the times we had, and I was able to draw her. Those profound memories will always make me smile and fill my heart. 

An email arrived from a fellow, Virgil Anderson, who is currently fighting cancer and had visited my blog. He sent along a link to an article about art therapy. His article reinforced the incredible healing power of art and art therapy. https://mesothelioma.net/benefits-art-therapy-cancer-patients/

The process of making art is good for you. There are both physical and mental benefits from creating art, expressing yourself in a tangible way, and sharing something with the world. I’m trying to do more of it each week and sometimes daily…

Create something. Share something. Make more art. Your health and happiness will improve and we’ll all be better off for it.

Giving thanks!

 I made tapas of “Pimientos de Padrón” for Thanksgiving with my family. Piping hot, slightly crunchy on the outside, with a few burn marks and a sprinkling of thick sea salt. An instant memory from walking the Camino de Santiago. A reminder to "give thanks” to my family, friends, fellow pilgrims and the community of artists around the world for their support of my book about this amazing journey.     Visit their site:  http://www.americanpilgrims.org/    A review on page 20—La Concha June 2017  A pilgrim’s Camino memento  https://www.facebook.com/groups/AmericanPilgrims/permalink/10155644584192348/?pnref=story   The lovely review by Teoh Yi Chie of Parka Blogs.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz85XjMlI6Q   Podcast on the “Art of walking with a sketchbook…and a really heavy pack”   https://caminoways.com/camino-podcast-interview-jennifer-lawson

I made tapas of “Pimientos de Padrón” for Thanksgiving with my family. Piping hot, slightly crunchy on the outside, with a few burn marks and a sprinkling of thick sea salt. An instant memory from walking the Camino de Santiago. A reminder to "give thanks” to my family, friends, fellow pilgrims and the community of artists around the world for their support of my book about this amazing journey.

 

Visit their site: http://www.americanpilgrims.org/   A review on page 20—La Concha June 2017

A pilgrim’s Camino memento https://www.facebook.com/groups/AmericanPilgrims/permalink/10155644584192348/?pnref=story

The lovely review by Teoh Yi Chie of Parka Blogs.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz85XjMlI6Q

Podcast on the “Art of walking with a sketchbook…and a really heavy pack”

https://caminoways.com/camino-podcast-interview-jennifer-lawson

Inktober 2017 Day 16

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Ralph Waldo Emerson—A man of great wisdom he wrote about the gift of true friendship. My favorite quote

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them”

I drew him three times and though the sketch is troubling, it is Inktober and I must move on.

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Inktober 2017 Day 14

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15 years ago I rescued a tiny 5 lb white scruffy dog from a cage. Her unwavering unconditional love and exceptional "dogness" is always there through the good times and the not such good times. She is my heart's heart.

Happy 15th Birthday Sophie

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Inktober 2017 Day 13

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My friend, artist George Anderson.

Emerson's wrote, "It is in the doing that you gain power". According to George this quote has encouraged him to paint even when it seemed impossible. He has painted everyday for 26 years in either of  his two studio/galleries in Rockport MA and Portland ME. He is amazing!!!

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Inktober 2017 Day 12

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George's brushes.

I help out in a gallery/studio of a good friend and contemporary New England artist George Anderson. Amazing at 86 he still walks to the gallery and paints everyday. I always tell him I want to be just like him when I grow up. #inktober #inktober2017 #inkpen #brushpen #watercolor #myfriend #artist #painter #portlandmaine #maine #illustration #instaart #instadraw

Inktober 2017 Day 11

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My grandmother Theda was a gourmet cook wearing high heels from morning until night. Our favorite was a half an avocado with her homemade dressing poured in the middle. It was the most delicious bowl of healthy goodness that I still enjoy today. #inktober #inktober2017 #sketch #sketchbook #ink #inkpen #brushpen #watercolor #eating #deliciousfood #californiadays #illustration #instaart #instadraw

Inktober Day 9

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John Lennon would have been 77 today. He inspired people to think differently, was candidly outspoken and changed a generation because of it. IMAGINE that!

Happy Birthday John, we still miss you.

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Inktober 2017 Day 8

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My favorite restaurant, "Empire" serves this most delicious egg roll-local beef pastrami, asparagus and cabbage/sauerkraut with a hot mustard dipping sauce. Simply the best for this non-meat-eater!

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Inktober Day 6

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RIP Tom Petty

Legendary Hall of Fame rock musician, guitarist and songwriter. Thank you forthe beautiful ”Learning to Fly” A song about adversity and learning to overcome it…or fly above it. Day 6 #inktober #inktober2017 #sketch #sketchbook #ink #watercolor #tompetty #learningtofly #rockandroll#illustration #instaart #instadraw

Inktober Day 5

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Inktober 2017 Day 5-Long

Cricket is a tiny 6-8 lb Papillon who is obsessed with fetching sticks on the beach. Along with high pitched bark until someone throws the longest stick she can find.

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