Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween!

My little girl has been rebelling against drawing in our sketchbook for the last few weeks. But I recently got her to scribble a bit and this odd drawing of hers turned into two witches! I need to remember to photograph her drawing before I add to it because I think a before and after shot would be neat to see.

Here's another- I really like how sometimes lines that she's drawn won't fit into the main image I'm visualizing. So a whole new element gets added making the picture much more interesting. I could see the roof of a house in the lines she'd drawn, so I made the house. But I couldn't figure out what to do with the vertical line that she'd drawn in the top right corner. I kept seeing a balloon's string. But why is one balloon floating off the page? Well it turns out there are lots of balloons floating into the sky because when they mature, the balloon tree releases them like seeds to float away and grow new balloon trees. Obviously.

And here are my little cuties all ready for Halloween. Have a great spooky weekend everyone!

Monday, October 27, 2014

New Bird Song Print

I finally got around to starting a new print. This is a mama bird with three babies in a nest. Mama is singing, Let me sing you a song about your world so new. It will be a companion to Whale Song that I made last summer. And I plan to do one more after this. It's fun to work on a linocut again after drawing for my dummy over and over again!

Thursday, October 16, 2014


The word that my friend Clara assigned me to illustrate this month was Respite. I had a really hard time figuring out what the word meant to me. But it's been a hectic month at my house and I need calm art-making time to regroup. I haven't really been getting enough lately. So here is my respite!

Thursday, October 9, 2014


I'm still working hard on my dummy, but it's getting boring posting about that over and over again. So here is the sketchbook that I'm making with Tessa. She draws with pen and then I try and figure out what her scribble looks like and turn it into a little drawing. It's been really fun! When I've made my way through the book, I'm going to go back and add some color with watercolor.

This is for the Sketchbook Project. What a neat program! Apparently my book needs to be turned in by January 31, 2015 to make it on the 2015 tour and I'd like to do that. It was really fun to see the mobile library of sketchbooks come through town and park at our library. To register the book you  have to give your sketchbook a title, and I'm calling this book Together since its a book of collaborations by Tessa and me. :)