Last weekend we went to visit our son in Durham, NC and had a great time exploring the area. I had never been to NC before, so absolutely everything was new and surprising. I didn't expect the tall pine trees everywhere, the interesting and kind people we met, the fabulous art and terrific food. Here is a peak into my journal as I worked with pencil, pen and watercolor (plus a little collage). We stayed at the Morehead Manor in Durham - WOW. Fabulous, inspirational, welcoming and an oasis of humanity. Many thanks to Monica and Daniel (proprietors) who were incredibly generous with their time and insights.
I am writing in a fog; one that comes from finishing a huge, challenging project and leaves me a little un-tethered. How can I have time to just work on journal pages? No pressure? No deadlines looming? With a little extra time I started sketching the things I wanted to remember from our lovely trip to Devil's Thumb Ranch last week. I found myself creating a "sketch-collage" where elements were loaded on top of each other. I drew from memory in pencil first, then went over the shapes I wanted to keep in pen (very thin tip!), then added watercolor and the writing along the border with a colored pencil. This kind of layering reminds me of collage work; think I'll call it "sketch-collage" and see where this goes. Might be great for travel journaling!