auto-bio-graphically speaking IV: Gorgeous Nows

Perhaps the best part of my graphic journaling practice is how it is influencing my experience of the ongoing present. A new awareness of moments big, small and routine is growing. By taking time each day to notate images from my mind’s eye, I am honoring the fleeting beauty of the everyday.


Emily Dickinson wrote often about the subject of time.

Forever – Is Composed of Nows –

Forever – is composed of Nows –
‘Tis not a different time –
Except for Infiniteness –
And Latitude of Home –

From this – experienced Her
Remove the Dates – to These –
Let Months dissolve in further Months –
And Years – exhale in Years –

Without Debate – or Pause –
Or Celebrated Days –
No different Our Years would be
From Anno Dominies –

by Emily Dickinson

Poetry is another great way of journaling. What would happen if you reflected on one small detail from your day and wrote a very short poem (one to three lines) capturing it’s essence?

Previous entries:

Further reading and inspiration:


Emily Dickinson: The Gorgeous Nothings. Nothing but gorgeous. Dickinson’s late experimental work photographed and reproduced exactly as she wrote it on scraps of envelopes. A never-before-possible glimpse into the process of a great poet.




Baron Fig Confident Sketchbook Journal and Notebook for Thinkers. Aaaah. Is there anything better than a beautiful, chic, serene, NEW notebook?




Sakura 30062 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, Black. Pens are important. VERY important.  Many artists, designers, writers, poets would be lost without their Microns.

Auto-Bio-Graphically Speaking III: The Mind’s Eye

What is “the mind’s eye”? And how is it that the brain can see without looking?

There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body’s sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever. – Alexandre Dumas, from The Count of Monte Cristo

Today’s auto-bio-graphic picks up on a Wednesday, where I skype with an old friend, fly through a design gig, and miraculously remember to take a shower before picking up groceries and kids.


Going forward, I will be posting one panel a day….so please join me for tomorrow’s installment. Previous entries:

In the meantime, try re-imagining a few moments from your own day. What images pop into your head? How vivid are your recollections? What details stand out? What sensations? What can you see in your mind’s eye?

Further reading and inspiration:

FUN HOME by Alison Bechdel.  After seeing the Graphic journaling that I have been doing, a friend recommended that I reads this.  IT IS FANTASTIC! Very powerful and funny. Also extraordinary storytelling and  the basis of a blockbuster Broadway show.


Sequential Art Bristol Paper  Try some graphic journaling.  This beautiful paper makes it a pleasure to draw and helps organize your thoughts.


Tomboy Dual Brush pens. Heaven in a box. A royal set of my favorite markers. Mouth-watering colors, and an elegant brush stroke.


Ashleigh Nicole Arts Woodless Graphite and Charcoal Sketching Set-12 Piece. Great for loose sketches and “thinking” with a pencil.

Auto-Bio-Graphic: my new journaling practice

I have never been a faithful diary keeper. My degenerate handwriting is probably to blame. Or perhaps it is the fact that the written word can fall short as a truth teller- especially for the visually minded.

Over the last few weeks, I have embarked on a new journaling process that is bringing me a lot of pleasure. It is also helping me work through various facets of my creative and emotional life. Each page is an auto-bio-graphic, day in the life, of me- A. Posen.


I was inspired by my kids.  Comics are big in my house. Raina Telgemeier looms large, and we all eagerly await the latest version of  Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales. My daughter Celeste is even writing her own graphic novella, which will hopefully make an appearance here at The Creative Hours someday.


Needless to say, I fell for the form. With my ipad and ipencil, I have been drawing these autobiographical depictions of everyday life.  Keeping it easy, real and unheady- I am visually jotting down observations, sensations, events, feelings, visions, moments, interactions and dreams.


In my last post, Cold Calling Louise Bourgeois, I shared images from “The Diary of The Inbetween”. This was another form of visual journaling- one in which I committed to crafting an art object each day.  I then strung them from the ceiling in consecutive order.  The result was a surreal musical score of objects chronicalling my inner state and life impressions.

Journaling is whatever you make it to be.

Let’s see what next week brings…

Further reading:




DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier. Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon over Mississippi, she can’t really sing.

ALAMO ALL-STARS from Nathan Hales’ Hazardous Tales. Hale relays the facts, politics, military actions, and prominent personalities that defined the Texas Revolution in factual yet humorous scenes that will capture the attention of reluctant readers and fans of history alike.