I finally had a chance to sit and draw some of my birthday presents. It has been a busy week, so this was a nice therapy break
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Over the years my friend Mike Rohde has become known as the father of sketchnoting – an innovative method of taking notes that allows you to capture your thinking visually rather than as slabs of monotonous text – and he has just released his first book to share his secrets with the world.
When Mike asked me to be a part of his book project a couple of months ago, along with a bunch of other super talented sketchnoters from around the globe, I jumped at the chance (who wouldn’t?) ! I set to scribbling down my ideas immediately! I was *so* excited!
Those of you who follow my Facebook page will have seen snippets of what I called “the sekrit project” …the picture above is the fruit of my labour
I can’t wait to get a copy of the book and get a close up look at Mike’s work, and the work of the other sketchnoters!
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.
– Abraham Maslow
Today is an utterly mind-blowingly perfect Spring day in Canberra, so I loaded up my iPod with Baker’s Labyrinth Meditation and took my inner artist out for a walk. She needed some fresh air and some unbounded space to roam.
Rhythm. Movement. A journey inwards to expel the stuff that needed to go…to dwell quietly in the presence of the Creator…and then refocus on purpose and meaning. Soothing. Refreshing.
At one point I looked up and saw the faintest hint of the moon still visible in the morning sky. It was breathtaking. Enlarge the photo and you can see it above the outstretched arms of the decaying old tree. Barely visible. But it is there. Seems like an apt parallel for my experience of spirituality at the moment.
We’re doin’ some renovations ’round here… please be patient while I make things look pretty.
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|I love Tokyo. Japan is such a culture shock in many ways. Even the Japanese take on many familiar western cultural institutions has its own peculiar stance. In Tokyo there are many different areas. Every time you pop out of a metro station, you could be in a different city. Shopping, electronics, nightclubs – anything you could imagine.|
|In 4 weeks, it may be Beijing & Hong Kong with a 15 month old toddler, but right now it’s any park with a slide.|
These two resonated with me! Chris’ because I am fascinated by Japanese culture, and Nic’s because I’ve travelled to a park with a slide many many times
Congratulations! Please send me your addresses via the contacts page and I’ll get these cards in the post this week.
Each year I attend the Global Leadership Summit and take sketchnotes to help me remember the key points. This year I went for a sepia theme and used PITT artist pens. I added some watercolour during the week as I meditated on the notes and thought about how to apply what I learned. I didn’t do quite as many drawings this time around…instead I focussed more on typographic elements.
If you would like to see the set at your own pace you can see them here. I only just fit all of my notes in…the very last entry was done on the pocket at the back of my Moleskine There is something insanely satisfying about filling an entire book with sketchnotes (The first half of the book is filled with the sketchnotes from 2008)