Effort vs. Success

Effort is more important than so-called success because effort is a real thing. What we call success is just the manifestation of our mind’s ability to categorize things. This is success. That is failure. Who says? You says. That’s all. Reality is what it is, beyond all concepts of success and failure. ~Brad Warner, Think […]

IMG_0637 February 16

Open Collage

“Why did I stick that whale to that lady?” The Independent Publisher’s Resource Center (IPRC) hosts a monthly event Open Collage Night, where one has the opportunity to reflect on such decisions. I don’t remember ever doing collage, but suspect that somewhere between Kindergarten and twelfth grade, maybe lightly attached to intermittent Sunday school attendance, […]

IMG_0633 January 30

Kristen

This portrait began life as the lovechild of Hillary Clinton and a Japanese Oni. I know because I took a few early pictures to document progress, which has been S  L  O  W. Funnily enough, when I took the first photos, it was because I felt I was off to a great start (likely from imbibing my aunt’s […]

IMG_0410 December 09

Into the Woods

This is my second Thanksgiving on my Aunt’s twenty acre farm. It’s domestic in the way of humans imposing landscaped-order on nature, and wild in the ways of nature just beyond the circle of light cast by the little boiler house that provides a permanent scent of firewood and heat for the humans. Rejuvenating by day, and for this […]

IMG_0010 November 11

Fairy Fall

Last Saturday morning I made a last minute decision to meet a fellow Urban Sketcher in NW. I made a calculated decision to bring some pastels because they’re too messy to explore in my small space.  It turned out to be a glorious fall day – not entirely the chill November day I anticipated. Thus, when […]

IMG_2638 November 09

Ghost Girl

I finally got a video of this drawing – and found out I can’t upload videos without the video upgrade! The video is super slow-mo, but perfectly captures why using graphite on black paper was challenging for me: It disappears. It reappears! Individual marks are hyper-visible. I found myself fussy and needing the light and angles […]

IMG_2625 October 30

Let’s Get Digital

Di-gi-tal … Di-gi-tal. I wanna get di-gi-tal… R.I.P Olivia Newton John. It kind of pains me to see that a month has gone by. I really wanted to finish my Ghost Girl for Halloween. Instead, I re-investigated a drawing app I got … three years ago? After many unexplored updates and a PDF instruction sheet, […]

P1020390 September 25

Overly Friendly

Monday at Powell’s, Lidia Yuknavitch interviewed Sarah Waters and could BARELY contain her passion for Waters’ new book The Paying Guests – it was entertaining! I got there about thirty minutes early and awkwardly sat in some very poorly arranged chairs that (practically by design) made it impossible to see the guests speak or read.  After it […]

P1020337 September 16

Kinda Sorta

It resembles me enough for my Urban Sketcher compatriots to recognize me. Kinda Sorta. When I need to sink absolutely into Introvert Recovery Time, drawing and an audiobook are my go-to strategies. I unearthed my Ursula K. Le Guin audio short story collection The Birthday of the World and sank into my little storyboard Moleskine […]

Composite sketches 1 September 08

Boats and Blues

In Lieu of ever finishing a copy of Circe (1977 Romare Bearden) I’ve been doodling and sketching at lunchtime and during my morning routine. These are grouped together from the waterfront Blues festival and a post-work-decompression-doodle-session. The piano and boats are in my 3.5 x 5.5 Moleskine Pocket Storyboard Notebook – I thought the thumbnail boundaries […]

IMG_2384 July 22

Symposium

   The West Coast Urban Sketchers Symposium coincided with the Seattle-to-Portland (STP) race, Bastille Day celebrations, a zine convention, illustrator’s convention, a bead fair … and hot humid weather. We hosted guests from all over, who stalwartly captured the city’s architecture and people despite the terrible weather. Jaded resident that I am, I escaped into […]

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