1. Peggy Herrick

    Collecting Data in Cedar Key


    As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am working on a piece of art involving the Florida Scrub Jay. For me, the process of art making follows a method that is not dissimilar to the scientific method. I set a problem – in this case “Where have all the …

  2. Peggy Herrick

    Practicing in my own Backyard


    This week I bought myself a pair of birdwatching binoculars to use for my study of the Florida Scrub-Jay in Cedar Key. In an attempt to become adept at drawing while looking through these new optical devices, I have been searching out wildlife subjects around my home. The other day …

  3. Peggy Herrick

    The Endemic Florida Scrub Jay


    For several years I have studied, drawn, and painted scrub jays because a small colony or family resides near me in the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve. In 2004 I spent several days with this group of birds but the jay territory has now changed and, sadly, the birds are …

  4. Peggy Herrick

    Journey to Mexico City


    Three days ago I arrived home after a thrilling week-long pilgrimage to Mexico City. I have yearned for a deeper Catholic spiritual experience and I decided last spring to embark on a tour of religious sites in and around the Mexican capital of both government, culture, and religion so that …

  5. Peggy Herrick

    Ambling around Asheville


    Mountain Road

    I recently returned from a productive week – a road trip to North Carolina for the purpose of studying with one of my painting idols, Robert Johnson, who held a workshop at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. You can see more of Robert’s work on the …

  6. Peggy Herrick

    Inaugural Offering


    Like many people, I am harboring a host of conflicted feelings on this day. My niece, Liz Pulis Mora, made a Facebook post yesterday that moved me and you can read here. Last night I  was with friends for dinner, discussing the potential difficulties that women friends may encounter …

  7. Peggy Herrick

    Drawing in church (again)


    For several years I have drawn in church. Because I carry my journey daybook with me most of the time, it is simple to pull it out from my purse to make random notes, recording thoughts or ideas now or then. Sometimes, I am inspired to draw when there is …

  8. Peggy Herrick

    A Season of Thanksgiving


    This year I cooked and entertained friends on Thanksgiving Day. This creative exercise was very rewarding, leaving me with feelings of thankfulness and deep gratitude for my friends, my home, and my tiny adopted home city, Cedar Key. I continue to bask in these wonderful, empowering feelings.

    Yesterday on Black …

  9. Peggy Herrick

    The Journey becomes a Pilgrimage


    I arrived at London’s Liverpool Station on a Monday just as office workers were taking their lunch break. The station area was a maze of quick-moving humanity. Without hesitation, I hailed a taxi and was taken to my small hotel for the week – The Thanet in Bloomsbury, a small, …

  10. Peggy Herrick

    Beginning of the Real Journey


    For posting purposes, I have mentally separated my trip to England into 3 parts: the week in Manchester at the USk Symposium, about which I have already written, a week traveling by train, and a final week in London. This natural division is into 3 thirds. During the journey, I …

  11. Peggy Herrick

    The 7th Urban Sketchers Symposium


    I will retrain from giving too many details about the symposium because there have been abundant posts on blogs and Facebook about this glorious international event that went from 27 – 30 July. There were slightly less than 500 attendees from 46 countries and during the four days of the …

  12. Peggy Herrick

    Posting Difficulties


    Castlefield Sketch Crawl

    On my fifth day in Manchester, sadly I began to encounter image posting difficulties. I had been using either my iPhone or my iPad to photograph my pages but suddenly they would not upload completely, leaving part of the images spaces blank. I tried and tried to …

  13. Peggy Herrick

    Day 4 in Manchester: The Rochdale Canal


    Tuesday at the canal

    Last night’s informal time with some Urban Sketchers energized and motivated me to do some landscape work here. This morning I walked up Oxford Street toward the city center. After passing many times over a tiny bridge adorned with lovers padlocks, I decided to investigate the …

  14. Peggy Herrick

    My Third Day in Manchester


    In a big city, traveling solo does not have to feel lonely. Yesterday It afforded me luxury of time for errand-keeping, slow, deliberate walking and watching, and a little sketching. I have been collecting design patterns that are embedded everywhere in the “real” Victorian architecture that is the prevalent building …

  15. Peggy Herrick

    Manchester in England


    Tampa Airport

    Forty-eight hours ago I arrived at the Manchester Airport where I collected my luggage that had survived the three-flight trip from Tampa. With the help of two friendly locals, I negotiated the train trip from the airport to the Oxford Street station in Manchester and then the ten …

  16. Peggy Herrick

    The Feast of St. John Southworth


    Today, I am celebrating this feast that is very important to me because I am distantly related to this saint. The following account and the image of the icon by Father Lawrence Lew, OP appears for sharing on Flickr –

    St John Southworth came from a Lancashire family that chose …

  17. Peggy Herrick

    The Sunday Sketchers


    Several weeks ago, a small group of Journey Daybook alums began gathering at my house on Sundays at 3 PM. We have painted at two restaurants on the dock in Cedar Key where we have bathed in the air conditioning and drawn for a few hours. 43 Degrees West …

  18. Peggy Herrick

    Gearing Up


    Peggy’s page pondering the Orlando Massacre

    For some time I have been planning an upcoming trip to England. The 7th Annual Urban Sketchers Symposium will be held in Manchester at the end of July and I will attend this exciting gathering of more than 500 other artists. The Urban Sketchers’

  19. Peggy Herrick

    Good Medicine


    Yesterday, I had an opportunity of a lifetime. The description on this journey daybook page describes the unique experience Milli and I shared –

    It is rare to see a Florida Panther. They are protected and very elusive. Because of our experience, we were encouraged to look beyond the sighting …

  20. Peggy Herrick

    Cedar Key Community Garden


    a young kohlrabi root: an edible root vegetable

    My life has been overflowing during the six months blogging break I have taken, and  I am sorry to cause any worry for my posting absence. The fullness of my days is partly because of too many activities for this aging artist. …

  21. Peggy Herrick



    Since I don’t have a television, I often find off beat ways of “watching” television through live streams on my iPad. Sometimes, these streams give me inspiration in ways I would never expect! About two months ago, I heard about a new free app, Periscope, that is used mostly by …

  22. Peggy Herrick

    The Feast of St James of Compostela


    Yesterday was the feast day of St James, one of the original apostles, a cousin of Jesus and brother of St John, “the beloved disciple.” St James was the first apostle to be martyred in about AD 44. The veneration of St James was responsible for the importance of the …

  23. Peggy Herrick

    The Mystery of the Fish with a Human Eye


    When I was in New York staying at the Leo House last week, I noticed an old, somewhat dingy sculpture standing in the corner of the lobby. I paid little attention to the large form until last Wednesday morning when I had a few minutes to study it closely. At …

  24. Peggy Herrick

    Back at Home in Florida


    I experienced an amazing 11 days in New Jersey and New York – parts of the country where my roots are. After driving from Beach Haven, New Jersey where my childhood friend and I celebrated our 75th birthdays, I drove to Newark Airport and then to Manhattan to Leo House …

  25. Peggy Herrick

    Henry Moore on a Monday at the MoMA


    Today may have been the most exciting day yet! I went to the MoMA to see a few exhibits that interested me – the “Migration” series of Jacob Lawrence paintings and a “one man show” by Yoko Ono. I thought that there would be nothing to offer me concerning books …

  26. Peggy Herrick

    Celebratory Sunday


    I seem to be having no trouble fitting into the hum and pace of the city. Sunday is truly a day of rest for many New Yorkers. Today, the parks were filled with people playing games, families resting on blankets in the grass, children playing and feeding pigeons, and colorful …

  27. Peggy Herrick

    Hoofing around Manhattan


    After a glorious 3 days with my childhood friends on the Jersey shore, I was deposited by the airport shuttle on 23rd Street in Chelsea Thursday afternoon. At this point my physical activity really began! I explored the Chelsea neighborhood, walking across 4 long crosstown blocks to Eatily, Mario Batili’s …

  28. Peggy Herrick

    New Jersey


    I am settled for a few days at the home of my childhood friend, Gretchen, and her husband in Beach Haven New Jersey where we have been relishing our common 75th birthday year. My time here has been lovely. I have enjoyed the place and processed the many changes that …

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