Sketching and creating a travel journal

Sketching and creating a travel journal

Have you ever noticed some of your favorite moments are often little things and the details that make them stand out? My husband and I often recall a shared memory of dinner at a corner table in a restaurant in Cambria, California, across the street from the ocean. We...
Sketchbook peek – let go of frustration

Sketchbook peek – let go of frustration

I was working in my sketchbook the other day and I was getting a little frustrated. Things weren’t going how I wanted. I was painting a black and white bird and it was looking kind of blah. I was trying too hard. So, I switched gears and made up a bright,...
Pleasure of purple

Pleasure of purple

My husband and I were having fun playing with watercolors and making cards the other day. This is my expressive version of an Anemone flower. The name anemone translates to “daughter of the wind”, which seems very appropriate for the beginning of spring and the strong...
How an abstract painting comes to life

How an abstract painting comes to life

Sometimes when I have an idea for a painting, I will sketch out a few composition ideas which are called thumbnails. They are small pencil drawings that are a beginning map and guide. It is simply a way to get started and have an idea about what the overall...
Sketchbook peek what does the fox say?

Sketchbook peek what does the fox say?

This is a sketch of a small felted fox that I bought just because it was so whimsical. It makes me happy. It has this cute knitted orange sweater and he is smoking a pipe. I know it’s silly but anything that makes me smile seems like money well spent! I sent one...
Sunflower Sketch

Sunflower Sketch

Sketching sunflowers brings me joy!  Each sunflower seems to have a personality and brightens up your day. Sketching flowers or objects that are part of your every day can really help you to take a moment to slow down and appreciate the details and beauty around...
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