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Moleskine Peek

“Without pain, how could we know joy?' This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.”
John Green


A little cityscape in the 5x8" drawing moleskine with the thicker off white paper.

Don't be scared to doodle on your to do lists, have fun with them! I've reverted to a handwritten to do list, and it works so much better for me. This one and the next one of Kimba are in the sketch moleskine.

Each night when I go through my to do list to see all the stuff I did and didn't do, Kimba rests her head almost on the journal so I decided to do a little impromptu contour drawing of her, in the style of Danny Gregory.

A mandala in the moleskine that houses my lengthy to do lists that rarely get done.

Slow journaling in the 5x8" drawing moleskine intermingled with old fashioned looking details.

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Reader Comments (12)

Tammy I love that we are mandala sisters! I draw them all the time- they are my go-to doodle :). Thank you for all that you do!!

{Tammy}: Emilly, Love that... your "go to doodle" and I am so in love with mandalas, the challenge is infinite!

04.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily Lagore

Ok, I've got to say this post was HUGELY inspirational to me just now! I've had a moleskine sitting in my purse for the last couple of weeks, for impromptu journaling, and it's still empty. I never thought to use it for my ToDo list, general note taking, etc. Thanks!!

{Tammy}: Only 1_V, The moleskine paper is so lovely that it inspires list-making and doodling all at once. I hope you enjoy your journal! I use it to plan workshops, brainstorm, take notes at the library or bookstore, etc.

04.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterOnly1_V

Love your doodles! And I especially love your dog doodle. I draw my pets all of the time too because they are always either on my lap or next to me when I'm sitting down (to draw).

{Tammy}: Traci, I'm so proud of myself because that's the first time I've drawn Kimba! Most of my stuff is abstract and yet I love this idea of contour drawing. Thank you for stopping by.

04.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTraci Bunkers

J'aime beaucoup regarder votre blog. Ce matin, j'ai adoré la citation de John Green que vous avez inséré. Merci beaucoup.
Bonne journée
et bonne continuation

04.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCallie

oups, translate...
I love watching your blog. This morning, I loved the quote from John Green that you inserted. Thank you very much.
good day
and continued good

{Tammy}: Callie, Merci for your comments in both French and English!

04.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCallie

Love all of these Tammy, especially the Kimba drawing. I hope you do more of those!

{Tammy}: Hanna, Thank you for your nice words about my Kimba drawing. I've made the recent discovery that if you can control your pen, it does what your mind tells it to do! I've drawn three olive jars and some other little things today, so much fun.

04.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

like Callie I really like the quote.

I love to see your cityscapes but they always seem too hard for me to try myself as I am not good at drawing or sketching.

Your to do lists are more my speed LOL and I love what you did with them. I have a book for mine too but if I do write lists on scrap paper I often glue them into my journal and incorporate them in a page.
as always a wonderful read, thanks

{Tammy}: Deb, It's a great wake-up quote, a burst of happy energy for the day. The cityscapes will be easier as you continue to practice your line work. If you doodle you gradually improve the control of the pen, it happens without realizing it, and suddenly your lines are more straight. Just keep practicing. Any drawing is practicing.

04.17.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeb

I've been wondering about what to take with me when I go away on my working week - not a lot of time, don't want to take a lot but want to have choices. I think I know now - week 1: Moleskine, pen, watercolours and brush, knitting. Thanks Tammy!

hi Tammy, in reply, it's not really that I can't do a straight line (although that is hare sometimes as I have MS) but that i don't seem to have very good perspective. but thanks for being so encouraging, i like that deb

04.17.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeb

Oh, that cityscape is AWESOME!!

04.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndria

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