Tag Archives | illustration

An art-behind-the-scenes post

It’s been a while since I did a behind the scenes art-in-progress post, so let’s do one now! A while ago I stumbled on this quote from poet/writer Lucille Clifton, which I loved and felt inspired by: What they call you is one thing. What you answer to is something else. I wrote it on a sticky note, forgot about it, found it weeks later and, one night, decided to play with it in my sketch book.… Read more

On art, and leaping, and pirate-assassins

As of July 22nd, I have sixteen original watercolor illustrations on exhibit in downtown Livermore. It’s exciting news and I want to tell you how it happened in a story that has everything – pirate-assassins, car crashes, dastardly deeds, heroism, and a sparkly emu named Jasper. Are you ready? Okay, let’s do this! Once upon a time (in early June), Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (a downtown business that regularly hosts shows to promote local artists) invited me to do a summer show.… Read more

I illustrated a book for Jack Canfield!

I’m excited to announce that Jack Canfield’s book, The Power Of Positive Inking, came out this week! #gallery-12 { margin: auto; } #gallery-12 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-12 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-12 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */   It’s part coloring book, part workbook, part goal-setting tool, matching my original illustrations with  30 of the most empowering principles from Jack’s best selling book, The Success Principles. … Read more

Join my 30-day self-love challenge!

Friends, you’re invited to join me on a 30-day self-love challenge, starting May 15, 2017! It’s free, and by signing up, you could win a signed copy of my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome! (Update: Winners have been chosen… but don’t let that stop you! I have so much good planned. Come see!) Why do you need a self-love challenge?… Read more

FIND YOUR AWESOME is here!

Friends, I’m so incredibly excited and proud to announce that today is the official release date for my illustrated creative journal, FIND YOUR AWESOME! Check out my fun, animated book trailer, made possible by creative mastermind Dillon Wall. It includes illustrations and words taken right from the book. I poured my whole writerly, doodly, love-warrior-self into this book because I believe that if we could learn to love ourselves as ardently and sincerely as we love others, we could change the world.… 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

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

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 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

I have all the books!

… well, the coloring books, anyway. And not all of them so much as just the ones I’ve illustrated. But still. The first two releases of HCI Books‘ Inkspirations series are here, and they’re beautiful! #gallery-14 { margin: auto; } #gallery-14 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-14 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-14 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Butterfly Evolution Cover (Inkspirations) Lotus Mandala Cover (Inkspirations) x Clicking on the images above will bring you to my Etsy shop, where I have a limited number of each book for sale.… Read more
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