No Good Art or Literature in My Notebooks

I am humbled by the Moleskines, sketchbooks,  journals and notepads of the talented individuals showcased on this blog.  My own Moleskine is a functional, in-my-purse-at-all-times combination of random reminders, utilitarian recollections, scattered ideas (usually never fulfilled) and lists. As a reporter, I use a steno pad while working. It does not carry literature or art. So I am spellbound by the words and pictures put so naturally to paper by writers, artists and other interesting people.

Even though I don’t have that fierce talent, I still signed up for The Sketchbook Project 2012 and gave it my best creative try.


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I finished my Sketchbook Project, the very first time in my life I have sketched or painted anything, although I love art.  As I watched all the fabulous pages go online from all the true talent out there, I must admit I felt kind of wimpy not even giving it a try.  So I did, and this sketch is the one I feel most comfortable posting:

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About Me:  I’m a journalist, traveler, art and music lover. I grew up in Canada, trained in Chicago and live/work in the Greater Toronto Area. I have a Canadian art blog, and I’m on Twitter and Facebook. I’m also trying out Scoop.it, but not sure about that yet.

Please contact me if you know of a work or a site that should be considered. Use the comment form, or Tweet me.

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Cover of my 2012 Sketchbook Project, to inspire me to do it again


44 thoughts on “About”

  1. your blog is fantastic!!! just added you to my reader! thanks for doing what you do

  2. Wow. Thank you so much for the visit and the comment.

  3. Thanks for having such a great blog! Keep up the good work!

  4. Thanks for the comment – I have just had great fun looking at Sketches, and Doodles over here- Thanks!

  5. Marvelous and inspiring stuff! Thanks for sharing. So much to learn and enjoy!

  6. Of the Angels Designs said:

    Very nice blog–your drawings are so colorful, creative and fantasy-filled!

  7. This is your official notice – you’ve been served. Not really, just nominated, here, for The Versatile Blogger Award:


  8. Hi, i really like your blog, everything about journals make me wonder about the people who wrote them. Im sorry about my english, Im from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

    I recently made a journal as i were my doppelganger. i hope you can check it and tell me something about it. its a non-lineal discurse


  9. I’m really happy to have found your blog. Every post is inspiring, somehow it feels like being in my favorite library… Thank you for sharing!

  10. Hello,
    I am awarding you with the Versatile Blogger Award! Well deserved! The info about how to proceed is on my latest post: http://annahergert.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/another-day-another-award/ – but I believe you know how this works!
    Congratulations! Happy to pass it on to you!

  11. Thanks for showcasing such a fun variety of beautiful sketchbooks! I keep coming back to check out your blog, and I noticed that you had added my website to your list of ‘Great Sites to Visit’ links, and I wanted to say thank you. I appreciate the link, and will also add your blog to my link list as well. Thanks for that, and for posting constant inspiration 🙂

  12. Your blog is real treasure chest. I feel so lucky to have found it! Thank you very much!

  13. Thanks for writing about my work!

  14. GREAT job on this sketch…I love the simplicity of it, and the color choice, as well 🙂 I just stumbled upon your blog…what year did you participate in the Sketchbook Project? I currently have one travelling w/arthouse coop (2012)…nice to have found you 🙂

    • Hi Desiree: Nice to meet you. I did the Sketchbook Project this year (2012), the first time I’ve ever even had a sketchbook. I’ll go see it when it’s in Toronto in July. Will you have a chance to see yours on the road? Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comment.

  15. mothcaterpillar said:

    I really like your tag picture! 🙂

  16. mothcaterpillar said:


  17. You’re a genius! Love your work! 🙂

  18. I would like to say thank you that you have published my works here! I am really thankful, you made my day… I walked through this website and through other pages you have, I am glad there is someone who puts many effort to share arts with the world. I wish good luck and health to keep up your awesome work!

  19. I have nominated you for the ABC Award, I really enjoy reading each new post! You can find more info on my latest post, http://kopparrox.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/abcaward/

  20. Hello there,
    I am a 26 year old professional artist and dancer and an avid art Journal-er.
    I’d love for some of my Journal pages to be featured on your site
    take a nosey at my website and you will find an online flip book showcasing some of my collages and Journal pages 😀
    Love Katie

  21. Great blog you have here, will definitely follow and see what you might show next!

  22. Hello, I would like to have you as a sponsor on my blog. No charge for this, I would like my viewers to visit your site. I would put an image on the side bar with a link to your site. My blog is drawing hand.wordpress.com.
    Thank you – Stephanie Sipp

  23. Such a great blog with so many inspiring, fascinating sketches – I really don’t know where to start looking first:) Keep it up!

  24. Hello,
    You posted some of my drawings a year ago. I have a solo exhibition opening up next week and I hoped you would like my newer drawings too!
    Please have a look here for a preview of all the work to be exhibited: http://www.frangiffard.com/northcote/nc13.html

    Many thanks


    p.s. If you would like to attend the private view, please email me

  25. Hello, this is a great blog! Lots of interesting things full of inspiration:)
    This is my blog : http://nightwithdeer.wordpress.com/

  26. janhavikulkarni said:

    Love your blog! Looking forward to more posts 🙂

  27. Hi, you have art of mine on this site and I would like it taken down, thanks.

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