Monday, December 28, 2009


This is an important post for a few reasons. It is the last page in my first moleskine notebook. As such it marks the first sketchbook I have completely filled. It took a few years for such a small book but it is done. I fully intend to start on another notebook soon now that the holiday craziness is dying down.
The real reason this drawing is so important to me is because it shows Molly. Molly passed away just shy of Thanksgiving after being with our family for almost 16 years. To put that into perspective Molly was a Christmas present when I was a girl and now I am married and have a child of my own. We grew up together. She was technically a dog, but had more personality than many people, and was a definite member of our family.
I love this drawing so much not because it is a picture of a dog. Not even that it is a picture of a West White Highland Terrier. I love it because it is a picture of Molly, that specific little being who is much loved and much missed.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Here's a quick sketch of some acorns I did recently just to get back in the swing of drawing. Without realizing it I drew this the wrong direction in my moleskine - which is neither here nor there but this is how I see it since this is how I drew it. Turn your screen upside down and you'll see how it looks in my moleskine.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

St. John's

I drew this in late summer when we were at a local park. The tip of this church tower just reached over the tree tops and my husband graciously chased around our daughter while I sat on a park bench and drew. I didn't have a pencil and had the drawing in public jitters so after a few lines I looked and realized it was off. Way off. Instead of scrapping the whole thing I decided to just use what lines I could and just ignore what I couldn't. So here is the slightly wonky drawing with a few extra lines with absolutely no right to be there. But you know what? I kind of like it.

Unfortunately this is the last drawing I've done in a while. In the meantime I've made a quilt, worked on a stocking for my daughter, and now am knitting slippers for her. I guess I've just been following my creativity in other directions lately. Hopefully soon I'll have some more current sketches to share.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Noodler's Ink

So for my birthday a while back I received a bottle of Noodler's Bulletproof Black Ink and a much discussed Lamy Safari fountain pen. I then did this quick sketch using both. I find I have trouble getting different line thicknesses with the Lamy but it also loosens me a up a bit too. I'll probably try again with it sometime but I can say for sure that I love my Lamy for everyday sorts of writing.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Chloe's Sunglasses

Coming up are a few sketches I did over the summer that I never got around to uploading. Should be easier now that we have a new printer/scanner that is always attached to our computer.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Here's a sketch from around the 4th of July. Just a little plastic flag that was handed to my daughter when we were taking a walk downtown.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Words Chloe Can Say (Sort of...)

This drawing is a little more doodle-y than what I normally do. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do to get drawing again.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Tree Outside the Dentist

Here is a sketch from May that I never got around to posting. It was done while waiting in the lobby at the dentist. It was my first sketch I've done in a public place. Finished it up at home. Next time I'll have more recent sketches.

Friday, May 29, 2009


So I haven't been posting (or unfortunately drawing) much recently and the reason for that has been illness. So apparently when you get the chickenpox the virus stays in your system. And then can decide one day, hey, the last time we made geeky girl miserable was what, 20 some years ago. That is not acceptable. We've got to get going now, only this time, we're bringing the PAIN. And this, my friends, is shingles. Boo. I got it about a month ago, and frankly I've been fine for a few weeks but just haven't gotten on top of drawing again yet. But I promise I will start drawing and posting again soon.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Pictures of Bag

By request here are some pictures of my bag. Anyone who wants to is free to draw this bag for any EDM Challenge, artistic pursuit or just general love of bags.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Chloe Mix Container

I found this Cheerios container a while back. It's now filled with whatever dry snacks happen to make up the current batch of Chloe mix. The drawing was going fine until my cat decided she needed to climb into my lap and help. Kind of hard to keep the concentration going for all of the little text on the left side. But I kind of enjoy when I'm not in love with a drawing because then I can have fun experimenting with the paint without worrying that I'm going to "ruin" a good drawing. 


Just a quick post to thank everyone who has been stopping by and commenting. It's really great motivation to keep drawing. So thanks everyone! Also, by request, I'll be posting a photo of my bag as soon as I get a moment to take the pictures...

Friday, May 08, 2009

Chloe Mix

After the keys I needed to draw something a little less... intense. Thus a drawing of cheerios and goldfish crackers. 

Monday, May 04, 2009


Here's the tag inside my bag and my keys. This drawing made me realize that I probably don't need two carabiners on my keychain. An updated drawing would show that I've tossed the cheap green one with the compass that doesn't work and the light that's burnt out. Drawing as a means to clean and get rid of clutter. Who knew? 

Monday, April 27, 2009

Green Purse

This is my green purse and it is nearly perfect. It holds my sidekick in one pouch, (you can see the case for it), and my moleskine and pens in the other (which you can't see as I'm using them to draw). It's the perfect depth to hold my wallet, some watercolors, an ipod and even a decent sized hardback (I always carry a book with me, it's a sickness really). There's a flap in the back that holds my datebook. The strap is serious enough that I can attach my keys and sigg bottle full of water to it without a problem. I love this bag.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Green Chair - Part Two

Here is another view of the green chair. I like how it looks a little abstract up close.
And here are both pages together. It's the first time I've done a spread across both pages.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Green Chair - Part One

Here is the slouchy green chair in my living room. This is my first spread that sort of goes over two pages. I'll post the second half tomorrow. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

India Stamps

Sometimes I want something in my sketchbook. Sometimes I know what I want in my sketchbook will be somewhat of a pain to draw. At that point, whether I want to or not, I know I will be drawing said object because it's not good to back down from a drawing challenge... and I'm stubborn. And so I present the stamps from India. My mala came in an envelope covered with these stamps.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mala Beads

I've been setting small goals for myself. My first goal was to meditate every day for 30 days. When I accomplished that I drew this drawing. Right now my goal is to draw at least 4 days a week. Stay tuned to see if I can keep it up...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tufted Titmouse

I find that having an unknown amount of time to work on a drawing (limited by how long naptime lasts) is adding a looseness to my drawings. It's a balance between keeping things simple, quick, and loose but not letting things devolve into frantic scribbles. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Lamp Harp

To help get me back in the swing of things I'm occasionally referring to the EDM challenge list. I had already drawn a lamp previously in my sketchbook so I decided to draw the same lamp from different angle.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pear and Baby Spoon

So this is the first sketch I did in 2009. Getting back into the swing of things now that I can do a quick sketch now that the baby girl is finally taking a nap regularly. I did a very rough blocking of the outline of the spoon and pear in pencil and then dove in with my pen. Felt pretty wonderful to get something on paper again.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Iron Pills

Pregnancy, severe morning sickness, anemia, uterine inversion, then newborn = 1 sketch in all of 2008. And let me just say I'm proud of even doing that. 

Friday, April 10, 2009

Ladybugs, The Sequel

Another sketch from 2007. And the ladybugs congregated at our house last fall as well.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


This drawing is actually from way back in 2007. I got pregnant, got sick and basically didn't draw much for the rest of the year. I had the baby, had a very serious complication, and again didn't really draw much for another year. Slowly I've made my way back to drawing. Over the next week or so I'll be posting old drawings while I start scanning in my new stuff. I'm trying to keep the habit going so hopefully there will be more to see soon...