De Luce Sisters

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I really love Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce mysteries, and I got to re-read (or re-listen, since it was an audiobook) The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie with my family on a recent road trip. The characters are so distinctive that I decided to try drawing them as they appear in my head. So here are Daphne, Flavia, and Ophelia de Luce. 🙂

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Sno-Cone Style

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This is a fun little fashion illustration I did a few weeks ago that’s loosely based on some real items: a dress from ModCloth and a bag from Kate Spade New York.

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A Place by the Sea

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Practicing some urban sketching techniques using a beautiful photo from The Overseas Escape. It’s interesting how you feel like you really know a place after sketching it, even if you’ve never actually been there. 🙂

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There Goes the Sun

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A little sunset seascape while I’m dreaming of being at the beach. 🙂

I’ve been playing around with when not to use color. Surprisingly, figuring out when to leave a space alone has turned out to be more difficult than splashing color all over the place. I think this one suffered a little from over-fiddling, but at least it’s the beginning of a learning process.

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Downton Dames, part 3

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Finishing out my set of the young upstairs ladies from Downton Abbey. Even though Rose isn’t technically one of the Crawley sisters, I always felt like she was one of the family. Plus, her wedding dress is absolutely divine.

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Downton Dames, part 2

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Ever since I drew Mary and Edith Crawley a few months ago, I’ve been wanting to pay tribute to the dearly departed Sybil. And of course I had to try my hand at depicting that famous “harem pants” outfit from Season 1. This getup is so much fun!

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Orange Canary for #BirdDay

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Here’s a splotchy little drawing of a happy orange canary for Draw a Bird Day! The 8th of each month is always such a fun time to see everyone’s bird drawings, and I wanted to add a little summery zest to mine for July. This is based on a beautiful photograph by Luke Stephenson.

I experimented with some splatter techniques in this piece, and it reminded me of a conversation I had a few years ago. When I was about 13 or 14, my piano teacher stopped me in the middle of a lesson and said, “You know music is supposed to be fun, right?” She encouraged me to let loose, to forget about trying to be perfect, and to remember that piano was something that I was doing because I enjoyed it. Ever since then, I’ve played with reckless abandon, and I’m trying to incorporate that into my paintings as well. Embracing looseness, messiness, and flaws. Isn’t that what watercolor is all about? 🙂

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Illustrated Recipe: Lemon-Basil Pasta!

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It was a little while in coming, but I have another illustrated recipe that I am so excited to share with you today: a slightly modified version of Ree Drummond’s Lemon Basil Pasta recipe!

I love pasta. If I could only cook one thing for the rest of my life, it would be pasta. It makes me weak with giddiness just thinking about it. But in the heat of the summer, a pasta habit can be a little difficult to maintain. That’s where this recipe comes in handy. I’ve made it a few times now, making a couple tiny tweaks each time, and it always tastes so fresh and light. The sauce is delightfully creamy, but the zing of the lemon and basil keeps it from being too heavy for a summer evening. Absolutely beautiful.

This recipe is also useful because it uses so much fresh basil, which we happen to have in abundance right now. Back in May, I mentioned that we had gotten some herb plants for my mom on Mother’s Day. We were a little worried that they wouldn’t survive long, but we shouldn’t have fretted… they have TAKEN OVER. So if you have a go-to recipe that requires a large amount of fresh herbs, please let me know. 🙂

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That Girl!

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Happy July, everyone, and welcome to World Watercolor Month!

That Girl is a show that I’ve been watching a lot of lately. It’s a sweet romantic comedy series from the 1960s that follows a struggling actress through New York City. Lots of outrageous hi-jinks and awesome mod fashions. Definitely fun viewing for a lazy summer afternoon! So here is “that girl,” Marlo Thomas as Anne Marie.

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