A snowglobe from New York City, a beret from Paris, a water canteen from the Grand Canyon. When most people think of souvenirs, they think of tchotchkes or the clich├ęd items that embody a place. Apparently we're a unique family.

On our last trip to Italy, we found this stick on a short hike through the woods. We were all impressed by the interesting lines that the stream had etched into it over time. It looks almost man-made. Call me strange, but I think it's beautiful, and I remember our trip every time that I look at it.

This picture was drawn from life (or still-life) using a soft pencil. It was purposely left unfinished towards the edges.

Souvenir, pencil on paper, 51x41 cm

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