Yesterday, I drove to Corvallis to celebrate the life of a special person, Mari Le Glatin Keis. Mari died January 9th at the age of 60. It was wonderful to share her artwork, sketchbooks, memories and stories with family and friends. She inspired me and many others to sketch and draw with eyes and heart while traveling and at home. She had six simple ideas for sketching and living- pack light and simple, relax, play, stay small, collage and sketch with words. Her book, The Art of Travel with a Sketchbook, is one of my favorites.
In the summer of 2008, I was fortunate to travel with her to Brittany, France for ten days. She shared her love of France- the people, culture, language and beautiful landscape. As a memento, I bought one of her published Brittany sketchbooks.
This map is a page from my journal of the places we visited. Her spirit and passion for life will always be with me. Merci Mari!