May 21, 2017

Happy Easter

Easter feels like it was just yesterday, doesn't it?

On Easter my friends and I had a lovely picnic on Greenbelt Park, right there at the Mississippi River!

There's the river in the sketch on the right. Any time I sketch the river I am distracted by how difficult it is to capture it. The only way to really do it is by sketching around it, sketching the absence of it.

May 20, 2017

Sketches from DC and the National Harbor

Here's more of the story I posted yesterday.

Stayed in Chinatown; this synagogue was the view outside my window.

I love riding the metro.

I love the National Gallery! I spent all afternoon in the east wing.

It was all so inspiring! Lately I've been working with patterns and shapes a lot, so I'm seeing patterns and shapes everywhere now.

On Sunday I went to the Phillips Collection. I went there the first time I went to DC in 1996 or 1997, and William Christenberry gave us a private tour of his show because he was friends with my teacher, Steve Langdon. Both are gone now, but Mr. Christenberry's work still hangs in the museum, and it was good to see it there.

I really do love the metro.

My cousin Gina drove me down to the National Harbor where my conference started on Sunday afternoon.

I only had a few free moments to make proper sketches, but I made sketch notes throughout the conference, so it was a creative and productive few days.

May 19, 2017

Sort of a Story about my Trip to DC

Trying something new here... combining my love for jumbled up sketch notes with my recent dabbling in comics. This will require some tweaking, but I'm really excited about this new direction.

I'll post sketches from the trip soon!

(click image for more detail)

May 16, 2017

Arts Advocacy Panel - Hustle!

Tonight there was a great Hustle program at Crosstown Arts about arts advocacy.

Elizabeth Rouse with Arts Memphis, Lauren Kennedy with UrbanArt, and Abbey Judd with Levitt Shell told us about their trip to DC for Arts Advocacy Day in March, and told us how we can be advocates, too.

  • Follow Americans for the Arts
    get their app and learn about the economic impact of the arts, plus ways to demonstrate the value of the arts
  • Write to legislators to keep NEA funding at $155 million for FY18
    (.004% of the federal budget, amounting to about 47 cents a year of your federal taxes)
  • Ask legislators to support the CREATE act, which aims to recognize artists as part of the small business community
  • Don't forget to thank them for the FY17 budget increase, and share stories of why #artmatters

May 05, 2017

Testing Pens

My awesome husband gave me a set of Sakura Pigma Sensei pens and I tested them by sketching lots of random stuff.

May 04, 2017

Things Around Town

Magnificent trees

My Devil's Tower

GREEN! And the Wolf River.

May 03, 2017


I'm still loving this Pigma Graphic 1, aka my fat pen, so I bought a red one! It's actually bright red but isn't showing up that way in the bottom one.

May 02, 2017

Family Visit

I did a little sketching last month at my sister's in Gulf Breeze, FL. My nephew Charlie played baseball, and my goodness it was cute!

The Kona Ice truck was the ultimate goal of the baseball game - I didn't draw the very long line of little kids.

We had such a lovely visit! On Sunday we pretended like it was Christmas and sat around in our pajamas all day. We finally got dressed to walk down to the water to watch the sunset, and I made this sketch with my fat pen (Pigma Graphic 1).

April 27, 2017

To Tide You Over

Y'all, I have been sketching SO MUCH this month! Just not scanning very much. Scanning is the more difficult habit to establish. Here are my last few sketches from March to hold you over until I can get time to scan and post April.

These sketches are in a tiny Laloran sketchbook - about 4 x 3.75 inches - and I'm enjoying the challenge.

March 31, 2017

Friday Favorite: City East Bagel and Grille

City East Bagel and Grille, aka the Bagel Diner (that's what I call it), is one of my favorite places to eat lunch. I highly recommend the turkey reuben and a side of potato salad.