A New Video Post on My YouTube Channel

Well, it’s been several years folks, but that does not mean the art-making has stopped! I have graduated from Texas Tech with my Masters of Fine Arts in painting and drawing media and have been working in education for several years. Over this time a few art habits have made themselves more prominent than others. It seems no matter how busy the year has been, whenever I travel or have a bit of time off, I return to drawing and painting studies in small sketchbooks.

Today I just needed to get back onto social media, so I posted a non-edited little video of me completing the last few pages of a small pocket sketchbook with some mixed media mark-making. For the moment, due to an ancient laptop, I cannot edit anything. However, I decided that shouldn’t keep me from sharing some small videos in the meantime.

So, please enjoy this tiny video of me finishing up the tail end of a cute little watercolor sketchbook. I will be filming a flip-through of this sketchbook soon so you can see every page. I don’t begin speaking until about halfway through this video, and then I just describe what I’m doing in the moment. As I said before, un-edited video!

New Sketchbook Tour on my Youtube channel

Hi All,
Just a note to say I’ve graduated with my three year MFA and am finally taking the time to share more online. You can expect more sketchbook tours soon (where I chat and explain what I was drawing) or flip-throughs (where I just flip on through the drawings and you don’t have to listen to me ramble). Thanks for watching! And if you like it please like and subscribe so you’ll catch all the upcoming videos (which will increase in quality I promise). Happy Friday all!

Day in Santa Fe

I just got back from a mini vacation with my husband to the Santa Fe region of New Mexico.

The view from our balcony was stunning and my favourite part of the trip was watching the light change on the mountains:

Working on the balcony
Drawing on the balcony

Balcony View, ink in sketchbook
Balcony View, ink in sketchbook

We did some exploring in the town when we weren’t reading by the pool and enjoyed some delicious coffee and tea at the Station Cafe:

Cafe table at the Station
Cafe table at the Station

My favourite piece from the trip:

Sundown on the Mountains, Santa Fe, Watercolor and ink in sketchbook, 3.5 x 5.5"
Sundown on the Mountains, Santa Fe, Watercolor and ink in sketchbook, 3.5 x 5.5″ $50 unframed

Reinstating the Sketchbook Sunday Segment!

Here is a sketch I made yesterday from a rocking chair on my front lawn. I know you can hardly see what it is of but that’s not the point. (It’s a house and some trees at the end of our road.)

The point is that I remembered some of my old blog posts being titled: “sketchbook saturday” or “sketchbook sunday” and like the idea of using my sketchbook each weekend… religiously shall we say.

in the neighbourhood, graphite
In the neighbourhood, graphite in sketchbook

 

More insects!

I thought I’d offer up some insect illustrations for your Monday viewing. It’s so interesting how making artwork, no matter the style or purpose, usually fills my head and heart with inspiration and a million other works I want to make.

As the spring arrives and I’m spending more and more time in my backyard garden, walking around town and making summer travel plans, the ideas are filling my sketchbooks and I sincerely hope I can make the time to bring them to life in the near future.

I hope everyone is enjoying a few signs of spring if it isn’t fully warm where you live yet. Perhaps I can post some more photos of my recent adventures in New Mexico for those of you who are still getting snow…

Blue Butterfly, watercolor and ink on paper, 4 x 4"
Blue Butterfly, watercolor and ink on paper, 4 x 4″

 

Click Beetle, ink on paper, 3 x 3"
Click Beetle, ink on paper, 3 x 3″

Take THAT Drawing Challenge…

I’ve forgone the drawing challenge for the past few days in order to complete a commission for… well… this. Kind of a sexy cowboy thing going on. I don’t question, I just draw. 😉

graphite drawing of man's stomach and jeans and hand sexy cowboy
Sexy Cowboy, graphite on paper, 11 x 14″