Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Chipmunks and COVID

My last blog post was before COVID19 rolled into town. So many things happening around the world; my heart is breaking for all the lives we have lost to the pandemic already and for those who will still lose their lives in the coming days, weeks, and months. My heart is hurting for George Floyd and his family and I am doing all I can to read and learn and try to be a better human. Counting my blessings each and every day and so thankful that my little family has so far been healthy. Creatively speaking, this has been an exceptionally hard time. This chipmunk didn't even hit my sketchbook until early July. It has been hard to draw, hard to think, and I am giving myself a break and trying not to put extra pressure on myself because it is all just too much. Spending time outside helps. Knitting helps. I'm not sure if anyone even reads blogs anymore... If you are reading this, I hope it finds you healthy and safe. Take good care of yourself. Be well. xoxoxo

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Foxes and Carving Soap

This sketch is drawn from a few different photo references. I tried to get all of the proportions as correct as I could. I would love to draw creatures just as they are in the natural world, but I have so far been unable to create beautifully rendered realistic art. What I picture on the paper and what actually happens on paper are two different things, but I think one informs the other.

When I was in jr. high, we were given a knife and a bar of soap to carve (seems a bit devil-may-care on the teacher's part now that I think about it). I had such grand plans to carve an exquisite horse (or unicorn or pegasus) and I just ended up with smaller chunks of soap... That was such a great lesson for me and I still think of it often when I draw. I rarely get things to turn out on paper the exact way I hope they will and I am ok with it.

What I am trying to say is that if you try to draw a real gnu and end up with something that looks like this; it's all good.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Inktober 2019

These were the daily prompts this year. It had an arctic feel to me.
I knew there was going to be a husky and dragon in there somewhere. This is how it came together:

1. Ring

2. Mindless

3. Bait

4. Freeze

5. Build

6. Husky

7. Enchanted

8. Frail

9. Swing

10. Pattern

11. Snow

12. Dragon

13. Ash

14. Overgrown

15. Legend

16. Ornament (I got my days mixed-up)

17. Wild

18. Misfit

19. Sling

20. Tread

21. Treasure

22. Ghost

23. Ancient

24. Dizzy

25. Tasty

For Scale

26. Dark

27. Coat

28. Ride

29. Injured

30. Catch

31. Ripe

And there you go! I had a lot of fun including animal and plant life from the arctic tundra [polar bears, arctic fox, graylings, arctic hares, caribou, reindeer moss, cotton grass, pasque flower, ermine, narwhal, arctic bumblebee, puffin, arctic butterfly, raven, tundra swan, snow bunting, rock ptarmigan, redpoll, king eider, arctic tern, arctic willow, little auk, lemmings, arctic bearberry]. 
I wonder what next year will bring.... xoxo

Saturday, October 5, 2019


Diving into Inktober again this year and getting schooled by my pen daily. I will do a month-end post here when the challenge is over. Will post daily on twitter and instagram, too. Happy inking!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Happy Spring

It sure is nice to see the snow trade places with fresh green blades of grass. It's backyard bunny season. Turtles are back in their ponds. Springtime is here.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Hoppy New Year

Happy 2019! I'm holding my daughter's bunny in this photo (Pickles is the world's cutest 2 year-old Netherland Dwarf bunny). Little did we know that another bunny would soon be joining our family...
Joey Snowball Sprinkles is a 1.5 year-old Californian rabbit. He is such a sweet boy and we are all quite taken with him. He got neutered on Friday and is recovering nicely. He's very good at eating, loves getting his face rubbed, and is a wonderful addition to our family. We need to wait about a month for Joey's boy bunny hormones to settle down and then we hope to gradually introduce the bunnies to each other. Hope that your new year is full of sweet surprises, too! xoxo

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Inktober 2018

These were the prompts for inktober this year. I looked them over and had a rough idea that revolved around a pirate, his parrot, and a whale.
Other than that, I had no idea what I was going to draw and took it day by day. This is how it unfolded...

1. Poisonous
2. Tranquil
3. Roasted
4. Spell
5. Chicken
6. Drooling
7. Exhausted
8. Star
9. Precious
10. Flowing
11. Cruel
12. Whale
13. Guarded
14. Clock
15. Weak
16. Angular
17. Swollen
18. Bottle
19. Scorched
20. Breakable
21. Drain
22. Expensive
23. Muddy
24. Chop
25. Prickly
26. Stretch
27. Thunder
28. Gift
29. Double
30. Jolt
31. Slice
Here is the entire illustration. Looking forward to next year! xo