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_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 […]

P1020327 July 17

Fur Potato

AKA Kylie, the Maltese-Yorkie-Who-Knows-What-Else-Mut with oversized ears and long semaphore tail that signals eager friendship. She literally sighs when she collapses against you for a little lay-down. I spent a bit of quality time with she and her dog friends at my best friend’s house AKA: The Dog Fort. Imagine an old schoolhouse lovingly remodelled […]

P1020332 July 11

Haystack Rock

I went to Cannon Beach on the 4th of July. It was beautiful, and there was a charming main street parade with some truly inventive “floats.” I want to do more small, on-site watercolors. This is my second attempt. I don’t yet have a solution to the awkwardness of having everything on the ground or […]

P1020324 July 07

Mortician

Finishing this felt like a best effort at making the dead resemble the living: there is no light left and the face has a flat, painted Barbie Doll quality. A last ditch effort with gauche felt like busting out the “full coverage foundation” to camouflage serious skin tone issues. Over the last week, this gal’s gone […]

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