The 10 best things I learned on vacation

Last month, Chad and I went on vacation. We took 10 days to drive from where we live, on the eastern tip of the San Francisco Bay area, to Anacortes, Washington, and back again. To say it was a much-needed adventure is an understatement. This past year has been surprising and wonderful, but it’s also been relentlessly frenetic and challenging. We were two human sized stress balls in need of some serious leisure time (or decidedly UN-serious leisure time, as the case may be).… Read more

Coffee time, Batman, and me

Hello! I’m back from vacation! I had a blast and, in my next post, I’ll be sharing the best things I learned during my 10-day road trip up the west coast, from the San Francisco Bay Area to Anacortes, Washington, and back. Meanwhile, I’ve spent the last week meeting a couple of important deadlines and preparing for my Barnes and Noble meet-the-artist event this weekend.… Read more

My voice in your head

So, over the course of a few nights, I drew this doodly cat portrait in my sketchbook. Each day, I posted the previous night’s progress on Facebook. When I finished, someone commented that before this, they’d thought I simply doodled, and the shape of things magically came into being. She was a little disappointed to see that I penciled in guidelines first.… Read more

Do we smell cake? (An illustration in 30 seconds)

Today’s post is just 30 seconds of fun, because it’s been a busy, politic-y, soul-searching couple of weeks, and I thought maybe we could all use some doodly little party pups. My coloring book illustration process works like this: First, I sketch the design. When necessary (especially for book cover sketches), I review the sketch with my editor and once we’re both happy, I trace a clean copy, which I scan and upload.… Read more

As if our lives depend on it

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been really busy working hard to meet two major illustration deadlines. I often have NPR on while I’m working, and the contrast between what has filled my days and what has filled the news has been striking. On July 8th, the day after 5 police officers were shot and killed in Dallas, I posted that morning’s illustration on Instagram. … Read more

Art For The Fun Of It (the big finish)

And another 30-day challenge comes to an end. What a blast I had with this one (and anyone who’s followed me long enough knows that isn’t always the case with my challenges). I think the key to my success was to do all the art in my sketchbook. I can’t tell you how seriously I DID NOT take the art that I created because it was my sketchbook, and that’s not where where I do my client work.… Read more

Art for the fun of it (the love edition)

Art For The Fun Of It continues, and I have to say that this is the most fun I’ve ever had doing a 30-day challenge. I pop open my sketchbook at the end of every day, after I’ve crossed the last thing from my to-do list, had dinner, and cleaned up the kitchen. That’s when I sit down with my sketchbook and pens and think, “Now for the fun stuff…” … like these doodly waves (which I think would look really fun in shades of blue and green, as ocean waves in a larger piece)…   … and these doodly arrows.… Read more

Art for the fun of it (half way through my 30-day challenge)

I’m just past the half-way point of my Art For The Fun Of It 30-day challenge. Here are this week’s masterpieces of play! I’m also using this challenge to work on my photography skills. I just set up a table for painting and photographing in a windowed corner of my work space. The light is so much better there. All I need to do now is master my camera.… Read more

Art for the fun of it (sketchbook heaven)

And my Art For The Fun Of It 30-day challenge continues! Look at all these happy little guys! It took a few nights to finish my Red & Black experiment, but I had a lot of fun with it. I took a first night progress shot of my Puddle-wonderful doodle, which was inspired (obviously?) by the ee cummings poem, “in Just,” which I love.… Read more

Art for the fun of it (in full swing)

My “Art For The Fun Of It” 30-Day Challenge is on!

The challenge officially started on the 1st and will continue through the month of June, but I started a few days early because – holy wow! – I’d forgotten how much fun it is to draw in a sketchbook without any intention of selling the result. I. Am. Loving. This.… Read more

Art for the fun of it (getting intentional)

I came away from Oprah and Deepak’s latest 21-day meditation experience with three really important ideas. I’ve written about two of them already: the importance of cultivating awe in our lives,  and the notion that nearly everything we do either adds to or diminishes our personal power. The third big idea? Setting intentions. Yes, I know that setting intentions isn’t a new or surprising idea, but the reason every personal development guru tells us to do it is because it works.… Read more
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