Sunny Spring Walk


As the weather has been getting warmer, my family and I have been going on more walks. Loving the sunshine and the spring breezes, just like this little lady… And yes, Rapunzel was a big inspiration for her. 🙂

The Joy of Painting


I got to watch an episode of Bob Ross’s “The Joy of Painting” a few days ago, and as silly as it sounds, I came away so incredibly inspired. The man’s enthusiasm for what he did is infectious. So I painted this little beach path to celebrate. We are such lucky ducks to do what we do.

#SelfieArt for DNA Day!


April 25th is DNA Day, and Teresa Robeson of One Good Thing has challenged WordPress artists to celebrate their DNA on the 25th of every month with a self portrait. So here’s a picture of my face!

I’ve always had a tough time with self portraits, or with portraits of real people in general. It’s always much easier to design a character from scratch than it is to try and capture the look of a real person, especially when that person is yourself. The day I drew it I kept coming back and fixing, tweaking, messing around with it, but I’m pretty happy with the end product.

Happy Shakespeare Day!


April 23rd is the day traditionally celebrated as William Shakespeare’s birthday! (And also the 400th anniversary of his death, but that’s not as happy). Shakespeare has been a huge part of my life for many years. My mom is an English major and former teacher, and she brought us up on Shakespeare’s plays from a young age. We read them together, write about them, go to see them, and occasionally even perform in them. Because of that, it was hard to pick just one image to celebrate the amazing Bard of Stratford.

Ultimately, I chose to do a poster-like painting of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was the first Shakespeare play that I ever read, the first one I saw live, and my sister played Helena in a Shakespeare workshop with our theatre group. This story of fairies, enchanted forests, and the rocky road of love has a very special place in my heart. 🙂

Sketchy Clock Tower


A rough little sketch I did of a clock tower while sitting outside and waiting for my sister’s class to start. A reminder that I need to have something better than a pencil and a notebook with me when I’m out and about. 😛

That leads me to a question for you guys. Do any of you have a specific “kit” that you carry with you for on location sketching? What are your staples for drawing on the go?