Practice radical humility. Take no credit for your talents, intellectual abilities, aptitudes, or proficiencies.
Be in a state of awe and bewilderment.
When we draw or paint together, we enter a shared zone of wonder that transcends the false narratives we have been fed by institutions, media and popular culture.
Then, something amazing happens: we link up.
This realization has motivated me to sketch with others around the globe over the decades: in city streets, on boats, in factories, in barren fields and in random places.
It is in these times, in this synergy, I reflect that Jesus said we should love one another. Can you imagine a world where this actually happened?
First, we must be able to sit together. In our increasingly uncivil world, this in itself is a tall order.
Seen in that light, I suspect that the sketchbook may prove to be one of the great peacemakers of all time.
Hey. It's a start.
Above: A few moments sharing the synergy with a Kurd war refugee in Berlin. We shared stories, and then I gave him the sketch.
Above: Working with a group of refugees in
Above: Some Chinese friends and I sent this simple video to China in early 2020, as the pandemic hit. Through networking, it was aired on TV, in schools and other civic locations. Its message: Stay strong in your fight. We love you.
Drawing with new friends in Montana.
Working with new friends in Georgia, working on a mural highlighting great local leaders.