Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Talent show

Two hours of talent show tryouts :) and I forgot my sketch book and my 4 year old had the phone for plants vs zombies. Found some random paper in my purse and sketched anyway :)

Saturday, March 14, 2015


Went to Story Slam at the lawrence arts center last night - drew the banjo player who went on before the story tellers. Such a lovely evening. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Was really not feeling it today - but I have a series of paintings brewing in my head that involve castle-like interiors - so at Tony's violin lesson I drew the legs of the teacher's ornate bench. I need to eventually start thinking about composition before I start - but not today. Today I was just doing well to get out a pencil

Monday, March 09, 2015


Sketches for a painting series I'm working on for an upcoming show. I can tell that my daily drawing practice is paying off - it's so much easier to now to sketch what I want my paintings to look like. And really - improving my paintings is the main point to all this. 

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Auto parts

I'm subbing high school auto tech today. I had no idea this even existed. These kids are hilarious sitting around bs-ing about cars all hour. Forgot my sketch book today! But the teacher had a stash of lovely blue pencils in his desk. And this random car part on his desk.  Thermostat thing? Who knows :)

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Middle school figure studies

Taught middle school art today - and the class was doing figure sketching!! Kids took turns standing on the tables for 10 minutes while the class drew them - so I joined in for a few. 

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Working in an old sketch

I penciled in these people quickly at fric and frac weeks ago. Never finished the drawing. So today I added fric details in from memory. It's a strange picture now. I kinda like it :)


Subbing high school business education today. I still find the sight of kids sitting at a computer desk with a laptop on their laps and a smart phone in their pockets to be kinda mind boggling. But that's cuz im old :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Violin lesson

Toby from the back - at his violin lesson

Blind contour

Started drawing Toby - but he didn't want to sit still and I was tired - so I switched to blind contour. Then added some color. This was a fun one :)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fric and frac

Two sketches at fric today - tony playing iPod - and some people at the table across from us 

Fric and frac

Two sketches at fric today - tony playing iPod - and some people at the table across from us 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Popcorn again

Because you can never draw too much
popcorn. In pen this time. I like pencil better. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hall Chair

Subbing first grade today - I sketched this chair while watching a small group of kids in the hall while they took an assessment.  They finished their test before I finished my chair :)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Washy watercolor flower

Started this with a real flower as reference. Then my 4 year old tore that up for me - so I kept going on my own :)

Drawing Lab 47: The Office

I haven't done a Drawing Lab in months and months and months. Because I got stuck on this one. The goal was to make a series of sketches using office supplies. But I don't work in an office - I'm a substitute teacher and I don't want to mess with teacher's desks more than absolutely nessessary. So long ago I conceived this idea to use last year's planner as a base for sketches. I always feel bad throwing away this document of the year - but keeping it is clutter - so now I'll at least have photo documentation of a few days.
So I got the idea - put the old planner in my purse -  and carried it around for over 6 months without touching it.  
I realized I didn't want to use my planner as a sketchbook. I wanted to use my sketchbook as a sketchbook. Once I decided to do this project at home with paint - it went much better!

Monday, February 09, 2015

Out the window

My son takes violin lessons in the west bottoms. I'm excited to sketch outside there in warmer weather - but today I sketched out the window

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Random bits

I like the cat eye and the Jesse eyes. The rest - not so much. But I am sleepy :) so - meh

Friday, February 06, 2015

After First Friday

The sherry leedy gallery has an amazing exhibit up this month. I drew this so I could remember to steal all the good ideas.

Thursday, February 05, 2015


Came home from date night all tipsy - and still drew. Dedication!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015


When you don't know what else to draw - there's always your own hand

Monday, February 02, 2015

Washy watercolor baby bobcat

This cat ended up looking rather pissed :) and not nearly as cute as the photo I was using - but I kinda like that. It's got some personality for sure :)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fire tree

Doodled in crayon while studying spelling words with my son. The kids kept telling me how the tree was on fire - or it looked fuzzy :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Got this done while the 4th graders were off at music class. View out the window across Main St. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sleepy sketching

So sleepy and all I want to do is go to bed - but I'm trying to sketch every day - so I cranked this out. There. Did it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Out the window

During my break teaching music today I looked out the window and sketched the electronics supply store on Main Street.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Painting sketch

Hibernating bear sketch for a new painting I'm working on 
I don't usually use ebony pencils but I pulled one out for the bear and it worked well for all those dark shadows

Monday, January 19, 2015

Story time

They were really having a lot more fun than it looks like in this picture :)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Crafty drawing

I subbed preschool today. I sat at the art table with a boy who was explaining to me how much he loved cutting snow flakes and how he could do it forever.  I agree.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Jonas sleeping in the car

Sleeping is good - he holds nice and still :)

For most of my life I have been vehemently anti-mechanical pencils. But lately I've been giving them a second chance - mostly because I can carry them around in my bag - wooden pencils fail at that. The points break off and they are useless. So Ya - this was mechanical pencil. Works for small stuff - I think id still prefer wooden pencil if I was working big.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

From summer

While I was digging through a bag for supplies for a different project I came across another sketchbook from last summer - during that time where I had no camera and wasn't posting photos. I kinda love them - looking forward to warmer weather so I can get out and do more of these.

Outside Martin nature center in Okc - done while waiting for jonas to wake up from the same nap I mentioned in a post a couple days ago - traveling wore him out :)

Roanoke park - clearly I didn't plan my composition ahead of time - or I wouldn't have stuck that trash can smack dab in the middle like that. Not sure what I was thinking there. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Jesse changing strings

Jesse changing his guitar strings

End of book 3 - urban sketching

View from front of fric and frac

Loose park - while I was hiding during hide and seek - I hid well. 

Dog out the window at the quay coffee shop.