Illustrations, Sketches

A short update

I have three cousins in Georgia and they all have children, so I started drawing their kids this month. It’s a work in progress, so when I’m done, there will be 9 all together. There are 8 girls and 1 boy. It’s been a really fun project, and it’s always good to study kiddos for picture book making.

See you next month!

Illustrations, Uncategorized

Shapes and Blobs

Sometimes I look at the blank paper or screen and it feels like a giant wall of blank paper rises up in my mind, shutting me off from creative ideas. especially in these Pandemic Times where so much is happening, and so many people are struggling, it’s hard to sit at home and create something.

I often draw shapes or blobs to get past this. Sometimes I don’t get past it, and I just have a collection of shapes with faces. It’s okay when that happens. I like my blobs, and it feels good to share some of my favorites from this year with you today

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Stealth Mode

This is based on an old cat named Willow. She was a pretty great cat, and kept our house free of mice and moles. When my nephew was born, we discovered she didn’t like children. So she ended up on a farm with a nice couple that didn’t have kids, and lots of mice. In a way, I’m glad she left us, because I never had to see her grow old and die. Even though she probably passed years ago, she’s still on a farm somewhere in my mind.

Drawing has become more of a relaxation tool for me these days. I’m having fun with it, and its been a bit of a journey for me in trying out some new things, loosening my grip, and still seeing myself in the work. I find myself looking at some of my old art and thinking “but do I want to do that 500 times?” And that question helps me simplify the process quite a bit. it also helps me be more mindful and intentional in my mark-making.

Have a good weekend everyone!

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Writing a Letter

Happy Wednesday! I really thought was Tuesday, but I think in this year, I’ll be content knowing what month it is. Happy July! Yup! That’ll do!

I’ve been playing around a lot lately with drawing and I wanted to write my friend a letter, but I didn’t have stationery. So I decided to make my own and capture the joy I really feel about this year.

meh. whatevs.

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Hi!

We’re reaching the end of May, and things are slowly opening up here. I feel like a bear not quite ready to stop hibernating,

But even if I’m not ready to leave the house, this bear is ready to go. Feel free to copy and paste him into your phone!

So far I’ve been incredibly lucky that everyone in my family is healthy and that we have plenty of snacks. We do have some essential workers in the family, and I appreciate the people who are wearing masks, washing their hands, and maintaining distance. Thank you for doing your part to protect someone’s loved one.

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Short and Squirrely

I had a doozy of a migraine last weekend that left me hiding in a dark room for a few days. I still have some light sensitivity so this is a short post.

Last week a squirrel came up really close, and I took a photo of it. This one really made me think of someone who needs to know what caused that noise, but is also really scared. So I gave him a baseball bat and had some fun with it.

Have a good week, everyone!

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Thoughts

Starry Night, in Procreate. Working with a limited color palette

Is everyone excited about the first day of fall tomorrow? Does it still feel like summer to anyone else? It’s 85 degrees Fahrenheit today, which feels more July than September for Pennsylvania.

Side note: I never remember how to spell Fahrenheit. I always just sound it out and let spell check handle it for me. Also a sticky spelling word: Souvenir. I keep wanting to add extra “e”s to the end of it. Does anyone else have words their brains just can’t seem to wrap around?

I’ve just returned from a vacation in Maine, and I had such a wonderful time! We went to Bar Harbor and explored Acadia National Park. Hiking is a lot of fun. And even though it turns out I am allergic to lobster, there’s a lot of other great things about Bar Harbor besides lobster. Like ice cream! and a bookstore! And beautiful views! and lots of hiking with big rocks! If you like hiking and ice cream (and lobster) I hope you’ll get a chance to go there someday.

Sunrise in Bar Harbor
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Rhinocerunderpants

rhinocerunderpants

Have you made any resolutions for the new year? I usually have mixed feelings about making resolutions. But then the new year begins, and I get really excited about possibilities! This year, I have two resolutions: to take care of my health (especially after being sick since November-definitely getting a flu shot in 2019) , and to have more fun making art. 🙂 LIKE RHINO IN UNDERPANTS!