My spare time today was spent working on my Sketchbook Project sketchbook with the theme, “Mysterious Mapping”. The basis for the project is a labyrinth. I’ve yet to fully realize the end-product.
For me the labyrinth is a symbol for pilgrimage and a tool for moving meditation. Several summers ago I created the Trotabout Labyrinth: a seven-circuit, seventy-foot labyrinth that is large enough for two people to walk side-by-side or for a horse and rider. It is dedicated to working in tandem. The Troutabout Labyrinth was part of a much larger project that involved riding my horse, Myst, across the state of Michigan. I serendipitously made the decision to come home the day before tornados went through the forest that I would have been riding through the next day. Safe at home while the storms raged outside, I wrote an essay about this trek. The text from this essay will be the crumb trail through the sketchbook labyrinth.