Time for My Flying Dragons and Little Buddies

That blog post title almost makes it sound like I’m starting a circus of some sort. While I’d love to have a herd of dancing elephants and a few tigers to add to my cat collection, there’s just no room in my garden for a show under the big top. Instead, the only show I have for you are a couple of my latest pieces of colored pencil art.

Hey, Buddy

The first piece was inspired by another terrific photo by Alicia Elliott (whose work also inspired a couple other recent drawings). I think this is actually a seed pod, but when I first saw it, I thought it was a flower bud, hence the title “Hey Buddy.” Continue reading


The Curse of the Joshua Tree

Although that blog post title sounds a bit like the title of a mystery novel, the tale of horror in this post is no work of fiction.

As you may recall, part of my frantic oh-my-god-I-have-too-much-to-do feelings recently had to do with my need to write and illustrate an article about Joshua trees for the Native Plant Society of North America. The article itself rolled off my fingers with the only hitch being that the plant turned out to be so interesting I went way over my word count limit and had to do some writerly magic to squeeze everything in.

The problem came when I got to the portion of my to-do list that said “Draw Joshua Tree.” Since these desert dwellers are nowhere near my soggy hometown of Portland, the first challenge was to find a picture to work from. Luckily, I had some forethought on this and one of the last times Mr. Husband was down in the high desert of Southern California, I had him take some photos of Joshua trees. This one seemed like a good candidate… Continue reading

Red Flowers and Green Eyes

Red and green? Don’t worry, the spirit of Christmas hasn’t reared it’s ugly head again. Instead, it’s more of a Dr. Seuss thing. One painting, two painting, red flower, green feline. Hmm…maybe I better stay away from any attempts at Seussian-style poetry and just show you my latest artwork.

First Off: A Bunch of Cherries

The idea for this came from a little sketch I did recently (one of my art journal chores). It’s a very different style than what I normally do, but I couldn’t resist getting out the acrylics and trying it on a larger scale. Continue reading

Pink Flowers and Exploding Heads

Hello everyone!

Let’s jump right into the first portion of that intriguing blog post title and take a gander at my latest piece of colored pencil work.

Pink Flowers!!!

Okay, not the most clever of titles, but if you have a better suggestion I’d love to steal your ideas. Summer Blast? Pink Burst? See, this is why I just stick with boring titles for my work.

The original photo is another fabulous shot from Alicia Elliott (who also supplied the photo for my previous piece “Peach Rose” – a clever bit of titling, yet again!). I mean look at this photo and tell me how I was supposed to resist re-creating it.

Photo by Alicia Elliott

Photo by Alicia Elliott

I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about this, so I dove in with just about every yellow, pink, and orange pencil I had on hand. After a couple petals, I ended up narrowing my pencil choices down to only about twenty colors. By the time I had the first blooms completed, I was REALLY excited about how this was coming out.


Which meant I didn’t want to screw it up! Continue reading

Just How Great Is Colored Pencil Paper?

If you’re checking your calendars in confusion, don’t worry; today is indeed Thursday. Yesterday, I made a journey out to see my summer art venue, which meant no time to visit the Blogosphere. But yesterday was the third Wednesday of the month and, according to my new schedule, it’s time for an art supply review!

A Look at Strathmore’s Colored Pencil Paper

Since, as you know, I work primarily in colored pencils, when I first heard Strathmore was releasing a paper specifically for colored pencil work, I thought, “Oooh, this is going to be a huge dollop of awesome sauce!” I’ve used Strathmore’s papers (drawing, watercolor, acrylic) for years and thought this would be another great product. So, I ordered a pad and eagerly awaited it’s arrival. Continue reading