Friday, September 28, 2018

Hello Fall and wooly clothes!

Autumn is officially here. The temperatures have been so incredibly cool and perfect for wooly socks, fuzzy scarves and warm boots. This is my favorite time of year...for wearing such comfy clothes and drawing the most adorable woodland creatures.

Here's to a wonderful weekend to each of you and the most beautiful Autumn you've ever had.

Children and Art

It truly is a blessing to teach art. This past weekend I created worksheets to help children understand and learn the basics of drawing faces. Every one of them did an amazing job and it was exciting to see them light up as they drew their own version of little faces!

If you had told me a year ago I would be teaching art, I probably would have smiled and said, "uh huh, yeah right." I'm so thankful to be where I'm at in my career. It means a lot to have the opportunity to teach and impact the kids within the community here. My heart is so thankful to my husband, Michael, who taught me all I know about art and design in general. After my terrible car accident back in 2014, everything in life changed and that's when I started this journey down the path of children's illustration. Wonders never cease.

Monday, September 24, 2018

2018 Inktober

Michael I are already preparing for this year’s inktober hosted by the talented Jake Parker. I’m looking forward to sharing with you this year’s theme. For now, enjoy this little 1-minute fairy doodle I did a few days ago from the window of Harden coffee. He’s a keeper for a magical story in the future!

For those asking, I used my Golden Global Arts handbook sketchbook and my Manuscript Pen Company drawing & mapping dip pen set with their acrylic ink. Got any other questions about the products I use? Feel free to leave those in the comments below and I'll answer them as quickly as possible.

HINTS & TIPS: Always use Indian ink if you plan to paint over your illustration later as it will not run or bleed.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Special NEWS: Hello, Fall!

I'm thrilled to share with you a recent design project I worked on for a fabulous local shop here in the quaint, cute and growing town of Campbellsville, Kentucky - Yellow Rose & Company.

The owner and I met at her cozy space, lattes in hand, and chatted about a number of design projects I'll be creating for her adorable shop and this is one of them. This adorable Happy Fall design is not only available on the softest, coziest tee around, but it can purchased as a print as well (which includes the adorable orange gingham pattern on some of the pumpkins show below.)

Keep an eye for more news on this special collaboration and the my holiday designs. Until then, you can grab your very own t-shirt over on the Yellow Rose & Company website!

Enjoy a peek at the wonderful process of screen printing my Hello Fall design on tees. :)


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A little cat garden

A little break to quickly sketch a cat’s Hamilton hiding out in his owner’s garden from the neighbor’s dog, Pickles. I'm still working through a few book deadlines so will pop in here as often as I can. xo

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

New Life. New Creative Journey

I've a brief moment to write a quick post. Truthfully, I'd be working away if it wasn't for the need to charge my iPad and iPencil! Ha! Regardless, it's great to pop in here to say hello since it's been almost 2 months since my last post! Oh dear. I promise to try to write more after this week.

As most of you now know, Michael and I have relocated from Colorado to Kentucky for various reasons, so it has been a bit of a whirlwind with my children's book work and now teaching classes. (Let alone everything that comes with moving across the country in the first place!)

Every weekend I teach both a KIDS and ADULT workshop and thoroughly enjoy it. My heart has discovered just  how much I love teaching! It's a blessing to see such joy on the faces of those learning to draw and paint. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to share my talent and skills with those around me here.

I'm off to finalize the last few illustrations of one of the two children's books I've been working on - The Ripple. For more about it, you can take a peek over at the Clear Fork Publishing website.
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