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.