To document my journey, I created a series of watercolors from scenes taken at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Japanese Garden. This piece was modeled after ancient travel altars used by many cultures to guide spiritual practice. I constructed my sketchbook so that the pages would open to reveal the path I took through the three islands. The final island is Horaijima - The Island of Eternal Happiness, it is both beautiful and unattainable, inaccessible by bridge or path. We must contemplate it and enjoy it only from a distance. The sketchbook has become my altar and a place I can find refuge from the fast pace of the city. The sketchbook, like the garden, brings calm, serene, reflective communion with life through nature.