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Arming the resistance… with art!

The past couple of months have been almost as chaotic for me personally as they have been for the country. Almost. My father passed away suddenly in December and my mom, who is more fierce than anyone knows, has had so much to deal with over the last several weeks that I don’t think she’s fully processed his passing. Since he died, I’ve been straddling two households so I can be there for her, bringing my work back and forth because I don’t want to lose the opportunities that have opened up for me over the past year.… Read more

Mindful Living is here (plus, freebies)

Update: Via eyes-closed, wand-wielding, magic, winners have been picked! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I have so many things I want to write about now, so much on my mind – the aftermath of an election that has left the country more divided than ever (and left me uncharacteristically pessimistic); my father’s death in December, our complicated relationship, and the unwieldy nature of grief; my plans and wishes for the year ahead; the magic healing power of art and creative exploration… I will be writing (and illustrating) about all of that in the weeks ahead.… Read more

How we move on…

For weeks, I’ve been struggling with this question of how do we move on after the election. Nothing got posted here because nothing got written. So many people I love and respect felt marginalized, invalidated, and even threatened by this race; I couldn’t think of what to say to them, couldn’t quite figure out how everyone moves on. As it turns out, it’s a good thing I didn’t post before the election. … Read more

Happy Halloween!

I’m working on a post about love and kindness and how we move on after this election. As you might have guessed, it’s a hard post to get a hold of. So, in the meantime, I drew you some spooky skulls.   Happy Halloween! xo  … Read more

Express yourself!

Hey friends, I’m excited to tell you about two new offerings! First, Inkspirations Color Me Postcards are now available online, in stores, and in my Etsy shop! The come in a nifty little book of 32 perforated pages, which you can tear out, color and send, either on their own or in an envelope. Here’s one of the illustrations I did for the book… And here’s the actual postcard all colored to show you how cute they are once you color them… And here’s the back because I love the backs.… Read more

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
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