“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles?’    -Lao Tzu 

A Moment of Zen,, Handmade Sketchbook, rice paper, Rives BFL paper, found objects, 7.75 x 11.5" and folds out to 22" x 37"

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. ​​​​​​​
More musings from my sketchbook.

Capturing Light on Water-Lake Michigan, watercolor on 10" x 10"

Forest, watercolor and ink on paper, 10" x 11" 

Ella, watercolor and egg on paper, 10" x 11"
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