Sketchbook Project: Fear and Hope, Deportation

I am participating in the Sketchbook Project this year.
This year is that they have assigned topics.
You choose FEAR or HOPE.
Being a creative type I picked one but am not following it.
I am doing Fear AND Hope.
Because of what is happening in our country, because of my nightmares
(real, not metaphorically),  because of the immense grief I am feeling
when I read ANYTHING these days in the political news, I decided to take this on.
If there is anything I know as a journaler of 40 years
(two U-Haul boxes of the written journals I’ve kept)
it is the very best way to get through something is to
write about it, paint it, or
stand on a street corner and tell the story (which in this climate will get you arrested)…
which brings us to one of the reasons I need to write about Fear and Hope.

So I start, and see where this takes me….
Let’s see if I can get to the hope by starting with the fear….

w17-3-2-fear-and-hope-1 w17-3-2-fear-and-hope
Concurrently, I am also one of 20 hosts of a blog challenge
(to be announced in a few days)
which is the antidote to my FEAR writing/painting exercise,
and I hope you all decide to join me once a month in that… drum-roll to come.

A note about Sketchbook Project:  I wanted to join once before and
after paying my money and getting their idea of a sketchbook I returned it.
For the price I think they should give you the option of lined and unlined books
(it is called the SKETCHBOOK Project not the JOURNAL Project),
and AT LEAST paper where every dang page doesn’t bleed through.
So that is my disclaimer… BAD paper, and I was willing this time because
it is journaling and I want to be part of a national conversation.

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About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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8 Responses to Sketchbook Project: Fear and Hope, Deportation

  1. Sal Scheibe says:

    I think your journal is wonderful and I love both the fear and hope theme. Lovely icon drawing too 🙂


  2. Faye says:

    Beautifully done. In 18 years did the person you wrote about get a green card? If not, why not? I have several foreign born friends who either have green cards or have gotten citizenship and they are not worried. I think things are not going to be as awful as the media is putting out. If one is not a criminal, one probably has nothing to be afraid of. (Not positive about that, but it looks to me that’s the way things are moving.) The church teaches that the opposite of fear is faith. Keep reading those not-so-bloody mysteries (I love them too and often read them when I can’t sleep) and maybe you’ll have some epiphany revelation on how to solve the nation’s problems.


    • Since she didn’t work, and at that time if you were married in the USA you were legal here, and they have filed joint tax returns, she never did. Her own lawyer is saying that the new laws say she has to go back to Mexico and file there, and wait there for approval. There are actually two women in the same boat, 15-years and 18-years. I am having them also contact case the two lawyers are wrong.
      Nice spin on fear/faith….


  3. artmusedog says:

    Divine creation in your journal pages ~ thanks,

    Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^


    • Thank you! You have a sweet blog — I bopped around a bit then tried to leave a comment on “I am who I am” but it won’t take my address… Might try feedburner. Lovely images. I think I’ve seen you before!


  4. I love this post Katie. Your art always inspires but this post has a different feel to it than your others. I loved reading it. Have a very nice weekend.


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