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Selected Journal Pages from the Last Week

I was in San Francisco for several days at a meeting and wanted to upload select recent journal pages from the last week. 

This passenger, in the departure lounge with me at JFK, worked on her laptop right up until boarding.  


I took an early morning walk from the Moscone Convention Center area to Union Square and then Chinatown.  It was beautiful sitting in the sun sketching the lamp post tops at the intersection of Grant and Pine while watching the area wake up.


Friday afternoon I met Jana and Martha (fellow EDM members) and we talked and simultaneously sketched St. Patricks church on Mission Street and then warmed up and exchanged our sketch books over a glass of wine in The View Lounge on the 39th floor of the Marriott.  Jana already posted a photo of us, our sketchbook pages, and the lovely view we enjoyed.


During my meeting I sketched my neighbors across the aisle or in the lounge, trying to remain inconspicuous and to pay attention to the lectures.


I was afraid that I wouldn't have time to do my homework for Danny Gregory's Illustrated Journaling class while I was gone, but I did get one exercise done - drawing through a doorway.  This was the bathroom from the hotel room entrance of my room at the Marriott. 


In order to get back to New York City for our 5th class, I took the "red eye" home from San Francisco.  At class the next evening, Danny brought fruit so we could create a journal page documenting "a transformation" while we were eating our piece of fruit.  He really wanted us to mix our drawings with words that reflected the experience on the journal page.  This was a fun exercise - and similar to many apple eating pages in Danny's journals.




Wonderful sketches of your travels. And your journaling sketches really make me wish I could take that class!

YAY! I have anxiously awaited your SF sketches. Love seeing the oh so familiar lamp post of Chinatown. Sure takes me back to the Chinatown crawl. Also, fun seeing your banana sketches. Will talk to Martha about our visit to see you in NY and sketch our hearts out!
Can't wait!

Wow, sounds like you had a good time ~ with really LOVELY sketches! I like all of them, especially the homework sketches! I've never considered eating my subject while working on it, and taking notes. What FUN!

I love these sketches, especially the lamp-top - I think that beautiful colour is so vibrant.
I envy those who are attending Danny Gregory's class - sounds as if you have a lot of fun. It is great that some of the students generously take the time to share their experiences with the rest of us - much appreciated. I shall try the exercise with the fruit - a bite of the fruit as the reward for each sketch!

Great pages! Also it sounds like a great class with Danny- enjoy.

Shirley, these are wonderful sketches. I really enjoy your journal pages. They are very inspring.

I found your web-site by 'mistake' and it was one of the most enjoying mistakes I have done lately!Well done!Really wonderful style!

These are wonderful journal paintings - that class must be great. I especially love those sensitive banana drawings!

I love this banana sketch....so very very interesting!

And that Chinese lantern OOOOh MY! It is spectacular!

Hello Shirley,
I stumbled into your site and have been back several times this week to look some more. Paper and Threads is now bookmarked. These pictures are amazing - and like everyone else, I am especially fond of the lamp post from China Town. Beautiful! I can't wait to see more as you post them.
I just wanted to introduce myself as an admirer.
Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

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