A self-portrait

I am once again participating in Janine Crum’s #MakeWithMe daily sketch challenge. I am getting a rather late start. This was supposed to be an August challenge and here it is the 17th and I am just starting on day 1. Which is a self-portrait!

Watch my time lapse drawing of #MakeWithMe Day 1

I’d like to blame the fact that I was busy getting things ready for my annual blogging and social media conference but I really think the first challenge scared me off a bit. Ugh drawing a self-portrait or a portrait of any kind is always daunting because what if it doesn’t end up looking like the subject. So this was something I kind of pushed to the back burner.

But I do adore Janine’s challenges. I have become sentimental about them. When I started my first one a few years ago it was just the kick in the pants I needed to make art a part of my daily routine. To make it part of my life again. It’s like exercising. I know I’m supposed to and that it is good for me but OOH it so hard to make yourself do it sometimes.

So run over to Instagram and look at all the studious sketchers that started on time and are following by the rules. There are some really great interpretations of the daily themes. 

I sound like a frog

Aren’t summer colds the best? I’ve been drinking gallons of hot things just to keep my voice from going.

The garden looks lovely. The purple coneflowers are so tall this year. They are proving to be quite the inspiration for my artwork.

I am continuing to explore the mix of nature and nostalgia. And I get to create the most lovely bouquets in my artwork.

Luke helped me work up a video for a foodie Friday article for Arkansas Women Bloggers. They are called Choco-Raspberry Micro Cakes. Micro because they a small and you cook them in the microwave. You should check out the video and the post on their website for the full recipe.

Well, I have to pack up for an art booth I’m doing with Shakespeare. More about that later.


A little sweet

Sometimes I can spend all day at the canvas when I get involved with a painting.  And by midafternoon I usually need a pick me up.  And sometimes I want something a little sweet.  That’s when I break out my recipe for Micro Cakes.  Micro because they are small (only a cup or a ramecan) and you make them in the microwave.

Check out the video that Luke helped me make and hop over here to get the full recipe!

You know what they say about sleeping giants

It’s always good to do things that you don’t usually do. Things you thought you were never good at.

I never liked mixing skin tones. It was my nemesis in college. So I would just paint people in different colors. Maybe a blue hand or a green elbow and then relied on my great understanding of value and shading.

But from time to time as an artist, you can get bored with your regular “style”. I really hate that concept that as a creative you have to stay in one style. One subject. One look. I get it. It’s a branding thing. But it didn’t work with me when “they” tried to tell us that our blogs needed a niche. I like a lot of different things. I wear a lot of different styles. Why shouldn’t my creative style reflect that?

Thus she was born. She was an idea in my head that wasn’t going to go away. As if she was standing in the door and not letting any other creative ideas out until she was set free.

She started with a just a doodle. And grew from there.

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I was hesitant of the skin tone but amazingly it came out ok. The flowers and the hair offered the detail work that I love obsessing over.

So it’s good to try new things. Things you thought you weren’t good at. She’s given me a whole brain full of new ideas. Don’t worry. I’ll still be painting and drawing my usual botanicals but I think she has made me enjoy them even more.

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So go try something again you thought you weren’t any good at. You might surprise yourself.

Painting Info:
“I have awoken and ideas are growing”
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A little sketchy

I’m constantly doodling and drawing.

All the time…….

And on everything.

No scrap of paper is safe.  I keep my  Precise V5 black rolling ball pens close at hand.  And guard them well.

And now that I have dipped my toe in the YouTube waters, I think I have come up with a good fit that will keep me in constant inspiration for making these little videos.  I present to you the “Just a Little Sketchy” series.  My plan is just to video a time lapse of my doodles and drawings and upload them with catchy music from the YouTube free music library.  Here’s my first.




Snow for Friday

Apparently, all you had to do was ask. Or complain.

The squeaky wheel gets the snow day in this case.  There’s something about that blanket of white covering everything that fixes what’s bothering me at the moment.

Luke and I took our traditional snowy morning walk.  Then I decided it was the day that I would figure out how to edit videos for YouTube.  With the ample snow, a video about how to make snow cream seemed my best bet.  I am pretty proud of my first attempt at splicing and editing video and audio and putting them all together.

Coffee routine

I have developed a very bad habit of getting my morning coffee then going back to bed and drinking it while snuggled under the covers.  This fosters little desire to get dressed for work. And on top of that, the weather has decided to be cold and not snow.  I find no logical reasoning in this and therefore my morning coffee routine begins to resemble a sit in boycott for one.

Thankfully one of my superpowers os that I can be dressed and ready to leave in 15 minutes.  Ultimately responsibility gets the better of me and I spring from my cozy spot and get with it.

But it’s still too damn cold and there’s no snow.