Still thinking of Japan


We were in a park, connected to a small art museum, winding trails through dense growth, and water. The light filtered through the trees makes it a magical sort of place. I have no idea what this boat would have been used for, and it really had no place to sail to, but well worth…

Top 5 Sketching locations of 2016


Sadly the events of the first 6 months of 2016 stole a lot of time for pen and ink – restoration of a flooded basement, preparing our house to go on the market, selling, buying our townhouse, and moving. Yet I can never stay away from my sketchpad for long. Here are my top 5…

Sketching lesson in Tokyo, teachers are there when you look


If we are alert, in tune, and seeking then all of life is our classroom filled with lessons at the most unexpected times. The gardens of the Nezu Museum of art in Tokyo are wild, natural, and un-manicured, in contrast to most of the gardens we saw. Pathways wind among ponds and bridges, small hutches…

Refresh room, Hotel Niwa


What a concept, a quiet oasis right in the hotel, massage chairs, reading space, and a roof top deck with water.