A Nice Afternoon


This painting I did in Photoshop was a great experience for me. I had a lot of fun experimenting with different brushes, colors and shapes. There were a lot of happy accidents that became intentional brushstrokes.  It was play, full of learning, work, and fun.

The man under the tree was one of the last things I painted. I wanted to give the tree something to compare size too. So this guy could probably climb up and sit on a branch pretty easily. But if I came across such a tree on a very nice hill and the weather was this beautiful, I’d probably do exactly what he’s doing-read a good book. Or maybe have a picnic.  What would you do if you came across such a scene? Maybe I’ll paint that next :D

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Belly Rubs Accepted


There is a beautiful fat old golden retriever who lives down the street. He believes all humans are his friends and that everyone should pet him and give him belly rubs. He will lumber towards you, lean his considerable weight against your legs before plopping down on your feet and rolling over for belly rubs. Even though I know I’ll be covered in fur after, I hope he’ll be outside when I go for my morning walk.

Magpie That


James of “Magpie That” accepted a magpie I painted and posted it on his blog. I like that.

In case you don’t know what “Magpie That” is, in one word I will call it “Huge”. There are tons of references for teachers on EVERY subject and a picture book blog that covers fantastic books, topics, artwork…I lost hours just poking around all the wonderful and shiny things there.

Here’s a link to Magpie That.

Here’s a link to follow James on Twitter


Happy International Dot Day!!

robot-dotHappy International Dot Day!

What is International Dot Day?

International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.”

                                                  – from dotclub.org

Find out more about Dot Day (click here) and how you can join in the fun! :D

Art Therapy


I’m having a down day. I’m sure there are many reasons, it’s a grey day, I haven’t slept well for a few nights…

Days like these, I stay in my pajamas and keep busy. I’ll work on my knitting,  play the piano, or organize my closets. Anything that isn’t sitting and ruminating.

Today I decided to draw it out. I used Photoshop CS5, my fancy Cintiq, and worked in silence. Soon I was in the zone where thoughts are quiet and it’s just drawing.

So here is my sad self-portrait. Not surprising, I felt a lot better as I worked on it. By the end, I felt practically happy.

What do you do when you are having a down day and want to feel better?

Partly Cloudy



Some days it’s hard to get moving! I went for a walk early this morning, and it seemed like the sun was struggling to get out of bed too. This must be how partly cloudy days happen.

One of the most often shared pieces of advice for artists is “Draw everyday.” Not “Draw a masterpiece everyday. ” but “Draw everyday.” It’s really awesome if we can draw a masterpiece. I think the results are really just a nice bonus but  the true victory lies in the practice.

I hope you enjoy “Partly Cloudy”!


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Pinocchio meets the Cricket


pinocchio-meets-cricketupdatedIf you ever read the book “Pinocchio”, you’ll discover that he was a very bad little puppet, and there are lots of dark twists and turns for him. My mom first started reading it and said “You’ll never believe what he did to the cricket!” and after I read it, I wanted to draw the scene when Cricket first lectures Pinocchio before getting hit with a hammer.

I went with darker “spooky” colors to reflect Pinocchio’s character. I don’t draw a lot of indoor environments and found it challenging and delightful. I am happy with many of the elements, and am looking forward to drawing more scenes.




Character Sketches of Wonka Kids

Last week Daily Doodle celebrated Roald Dahl and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was drawing a lot of children, but having an established character to draw was a LOT of fun. When you read the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the children are introduced mostly through illustration, and are described by their behavioral traits. Charlie is a good boy who loves chocolate and helping his family. Veruca is a spoiled child who wants everything, Augustus is greedy, and so on.

I saw Charlie Bucket immediately. A poor black boy who dressed in very respectable but generic clothing. His mother probably shops at Walmart. His clothes are a little worn out, since he doesn’t have very many. He dresses in a polo shirt and jeans so he looks responsible for his paper route, but won’t get teased too much at school. I imagine he does a little anyway, but that doesn’t bother Charlie as much as the fact he doesn’t get to eat chocolate like the other kids do.

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Sketch of Charlie Bucket and his Golden Ticket

Next were the Naughty Children. Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee and Augustus Gloop.


Sketches The Naughty Children of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I kept their stories simple in my head while I drew these characters. Veruca would want to be a pretty princess. She probably wins child beauty pageants (because her father bribes the judges) and loves Disney World. I think she has to be in full princess costume all the time, wearing a feather boa, her mink coat, and jewelry (don’t forget her tiara!) and fluffy dress.  The bigger the hair, the better.

Violet is competitive, and likes to keep things simple. She wears a #1 tshirt so no one forgets she’s the best. Her hair is in pigtails so her gum doesn’t get stuck in her hair when she sticks it behind her ears. She’s dressed in jeans and a tshirt, so she’s ready to beat anyone at anything.

Mike Teavee was fun for me to draw. I know he’s supposed to have 18 toy pistols on him at all time, but I drew him with one ray gun and a smart phone instead. I imagined the Mike of today would be constantly staring at a portable video game system and wear earbuds to drown out the distractions of the world around him.  He’d be the sort to Google everything  just to prove he’s right, and if he wasn’t, he’d probably change Wikipedia so he would be.

Augustus Gloop stayed fairly traditional. I didn’t have any updates for him in my head. I drew him after my late grandfather, who was very much like little Gloop. In hindsight, the only difference I might have made was to put more stains on his sweater vest.

Because the children in the book were so loosely described, it was fun to explore a multicultural cast. I think Dahl purposefully didn’t describe the kids in too much physical detail, so that all children could relate. No child wants to be greedy, bratty, rude, and obnoxious, and no one wants to suffer the consequences these children did from their bratty actions. I think it’s important that the good children and bad children have equal opportunity to be represented.

I hope you have enjoyed these sketches :)


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