Wednesday
Feb032016

28 to Make / Day 3 » Draw your favorite album art



Picked this for the sweet memories. Memories of playing this CD in Hannah Mae's Hello Kitty boom box outside her door at bedtime. Just a baby. Lullabies to sleep. Tonight, open house for middle school. A ten year old now. I still love these songs.

{pencil, Crayola marker, Stabilo point 88/fine 0.4 pen, and Uniball Vision Micro pen}

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Tuesday
Feb022016

28 to Make / Day 2 » Draw a houseplant


Or a plant at Dubsea if you don't have any houseplants.

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Monday
Feb012016

28 to Make / Day 1 » Draw your beverage

Discovered 28 to Make from Creative Live. Hopefully I can keep this up for 28 days. Been out of the habit. You can also follow me here.

Thursday
Oct082015

Education in South Sudan

I keep coming back to the stories and photos found in this piece, South Sudan's Tattered Dreams. {Photo reference—Jon Warren, World Vision}

Saturday
Oct032015

Refugee camp :: Dahuk, Iraq

No way to put into words what I feel when looking at photos from refugee camps. Children's names. Their stories. Their memories. Fears. Hopes.

Here's just a quick sketch I did using a photo as reference. Syrian refugees living in Dahuk, Iraq.

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Thursday
May212015

Birthday {with Mickey Mouse}

Quick assignment today:

Custom birthday card for a friend to give to his wife. Must have today — illustrate, design, print. Reference — Instagram photo of wife and daughter (sweet). Insert Mickey Mouse ears hats — taking a trip to Disleyland for birthday. Pen and watercolors — a welcome break from the computer. Lime green and blue — a welcome break from WV orange. :) 

Wednesday
Mar112015

Ba Bar sketching

I have been carrying around a tiny sketchbook dedicated to quick sketches from coffee shops and restaurants. Black pen only. Must start and finish on location. Couldn't help adding the bar background in this one. Love the colors. This one is from last night at Ba Bar on Capitol Hill. 

Tuesday
Mar102015

Good afternoon menu :: Oddfellows

Sketch from Oddfellows.

Friday
Feb062015

Winter tree

Sunday
Jan042015

Immanuel

For my Christmas card.

Tuesday
Dec022014

Tuesday night sketching :: Empire Espresso

Almost every Tuesday night while Hannah Mae has her hip hop class at Northwest Tap Connection, I get about 40 minutes to see how quickly I can sketch or paint a little something. One of my favorite spots is Empire Espresso in Columbia City (awesome service by Rose, and the perfect double, short Americano with Kuma Coffee). This watercolor (above) and sketch (below) were both products of these Tuesday nights. The pen only sketch was just done tonight. Part of my mini sketch series — all black and white, all mini, all in restaurants. Will post more of those soon.

Thursday
Oct162014

Girl carrying jerry can of water



Not from a particular photo, but inspired by many photos of girls carrying jerry cans of water all across Africa. {charcoal pencil + soft pastel}

Thursday
Oct162014

From a photo {Ugandan child in soft pastels}


It's been a while since I used soft pastels. Worked from a photo from one of my favorite World Vision photographers, Jon Warren. My drawing doesn't look much like his amazing photo, but it was worth a try. :) Check out World Vision Magazine — full of beautiful, compelling stories and photos from around the world.

Saturday
Sep132014

Birthday card for Papa

Birthday card for my dad. Inside greeting lets him know about
his new Experience Music Project membership.

Reminds me of this Fender Telecaster sketch I painted in 2008.

Monday
May262014

The Last Ranunculus

The last ranunculus from my Mother's Day bouquet.

Thursday
May222014

Papa's coveralls

Saturday
Dec212013

Greens + Ornaments

Monday
Sep092013

Clean Water

Clean water for El Salvador.  {View more of this series}

Thursday
Aug012013

Cooking at Silver Fir Campground

If you want really good food camping, take my parents with you. Or hire them to cater your trip. Aebelskivers — Danish pancakes (really more like a little doughnut, a sphere of sugary, fluffy goodness — see pan featured in this sketch). French toast with homemade rasberry sauce, fresh blueberries and hot maple syrup (syrup heated up in this cute little Lodge cast iron butter warmer as seen in sketch). Homemade pineapple, raspberry, grapefruit, lemon and lime juices. Falafel fried in a cast iron pot over a beach fire. Best-ever Reubens. My mom working her food magic — cooking over the 35 year old Coleman stove we used when my sister and I were kids. Oh, and don't forget your watercolors and sketchbook.

 

Wednesday
Jul242013

Painting at Dubsea


A sketch from a little watercolor session at Dubsea Coffee — one of my favorite places to be creative.