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It’s almost here!

You guys, my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome: A 30-Day Challenge to Fall in Love with Your  Playful, Imaginative, & Colorful self, comes out next month. Next month! I’m very excited. In fact, this illustration (from the book) looks just like me right now. The book is divided into 30 days. Each day, I suggest a self-loving theme, and a way to bring that theme to life.… Read more

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

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

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

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
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