Tag Archives | love

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

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

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

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 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

Love and coffee and coloring, oh my!

A quick post to point you in the direction of two new offerings! First, I created some new love cards, just in time for Valentine’s Day, but since the cards don’t actually say Valentine’s day, you can give them any time. I have quite a few love and friendship cards in the shop. Come see! ~~~~~ In other news, my friend and fellow doodler, Vanessa Lowry, is offering customized promotional coloring booklets to businesses, and she’s licensed some of my art for the cause. … Read more

“You can always just listen”

I want to talk about something that happened on the Humans of New York (HONY) Facebook page because I think it’s incredibly important, especially now when we’re possibly feeling less safe and more vulnerable than we ever have before. For anyone who doesn’t follow HONY, it is the brainchild of Brandon Stanton, who roams New York City (and beyond) taking pictures of people and asking them to share their stories.… Read more

Variation on the word sleep

This month, I’m honoring National Poetry Month by making art from two of my favorite poems. The first was Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman.” This week it’s Margaret Atwood’s “Variation on the word sleep.” The first time I ever read this poem, it took my breath away with it’s raw, sweet longing. It felt so vulnerable and intimate to me, so straight-from-the-heart honest… plain-spoken, imaginative, and lyrical.… Read more

Because dogs

As it has for many, this week has been emotional for me. I’ve considered a whole range of topics for this post: grief, helplessness, a defense of social media, the healing power of nature, the many ways to measure a life. I even started writing a couple of those posts, but then one morning, my goofball dog Lexi made me laugh mid-cry, and I decided to instead write a list of excellent facts about dogs.… Read more

The funny thing about our hearts…

In the end…

I painted this for you. Happy Valentine’s Day! ~~~~~~~~ In other exciting news, I was invited by The Good Men Project to illustrate their new weekly feature, The Visual Conversation. My posts go up there every Friday at 6 pm (eastern time, so 3 pm if you’re over here on the west coast with me). This week’s GMP illustration is Valentine’s Day themed as well and it’s a reminder to all of us about what really matters on Valentine’s Day… and every day.… Read more
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