As a professional artist who rarely sketches, I was surprised to find a sketchbook I'd forgotten I'd made. It was filled with sketches from the late 1970's. "inside my sketchbook" includes every sketch from that book, for it's like a window into the type of creative thinking I was doing at that time. As I thumbed through the sketchbook, I was astonished to see how many of the sketches had been made into paintings. Because I found it interesting to compare the sketches with the paintings they inspired, I've included the paintings -- in color and black and white -- in a separate section, along with personal observations about each.
After a thirty-plus year career creating paintings and works of art, Norma Jean Anderson (known professionally as Norma Auer Adams) has turned to writing. The subjects covered by this versatile artist have included stories about her paintings, memories of a beloved pet, and postcards from her father, saved from childhood that reveal how San Francisco in 1945 saw itself through its penny postcards.