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. 


Good afternoon menu :: Oddfellows

Sketch from Oddfellows.


Winter tree



For my Christmas card.


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.


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}


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.


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.


The Last Ranunculus

The last ranunculus from my Mother's Day bouquet.


Papa's coveralls


Greens + Ornaments


Clean Water

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


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.



Painting at Dubsea

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




Neon Pink

Ever since I painted these rocks with some kids' Crayola neon pink paint a couple months ago, I have been dying to do something else with this color. The highlighters I got a month ago didn't quite cut it. The Berol Prismacolor pencil I got yesteredy is perfect! Also, I have had this color palette floating around in my head for about a month— inspired by a weekend of shopping with some girlfriends in Portland. The tan sketchpad — love. Made myself NOT use a black pen — stuck with the pencil for a lighter touch. I always wanted to be a fashion ilustrator. :)


Flower for Mama

Watercolor for a greeting card set for Mama's birthday.


For my little Valentines

That cool tape from Target has really come in handy! :) Happy Valentine's Day!


Watercolors from El Salvador

It's been a week and a half since I returned from an amazing well drilling trip to a small village in El Salvador. I splurged on a nice sketch pad and brought my travel watercolors (same set I brought to India in 1999!). Some of my favorite moments (besides seeing that clean water shoot up from the ground, of course!) included time sketching with kids gathered around me and nights painting at the team house. Here's The Clinic where we did hygiene training with the women and kids (and piñata making as the painting shows…also, notice one of the old wells on the right — too shallow for access to clean water), the new well with plaque text, a little house I saw from the road and bits from around the yard at the team house.



Purple girl


I used to want to be a fashion designer. I ALWAYS used to draw girls. I love creating patterns. I loved that bright plum paper I saw at Daniel Smith the other day. I never use purple. Something HM would like. I discovered again my old tube of process magenta gouache. Perfect. Who knew the combo of that sheet of paper, these adorable little notecard dolls and my new pink-patterned coffee cup would be so inspiring — and give me something to frame for HM's room…and to use for my coffee mug?!