Love and coffee and coloring, oh my!

A quick post to point you in the direction of two new offerings! First, I created some new love cards, just in time for Valentine’s Day, but since the cards don’t actually say Valentine’s day, you can give them any time. I have quite a few love and friendship cards in the shop. Come see! ~~~~~ In other news, my friend and fellow doodler, Vanessa Lowry, is offering customized promotional coloring booklets to businesses, and she’s licensed some of my art for the cause. … Read more

Shaking off the cobwebs

  So after three months of crazy work hours, I’ve come up for air and – holy cow! – it’s 2016! I know this is a little late, but I wanted to share my annual practice of saying goodbye to the year that has passed and launching myself into the new one with some well chosen make-my-heart-sing goals. Every year, I approach this process a little differently.… Read more

Until you become it

Hello! I’m back from my unintended extended break from blogging. I feel a little wobbly and self-conscious right now because not only have I not been blogging, I’ve not been writing. What I have been doing is illustrating. I often think of drawing as my second language, writing being my first. My degree is in writing, and up until this past year, it’s where I’ve spent most of my time and energy.… Read more

“You can always just listen”

I want to talk about something that happened on the Humans of New York (HONY) Facebook page because I think it’s incredibly important, especially now when we’re possibly feeling less safe and more vulnerable than we ever have before. For anyone who doesn’t follow HONY, it is the brainchild of Brandon Stanton, who roams New York City (and beyond) taking pictures of people and asking them to share their stories.… Read more

Time to art out loud

In case you have not been within shouting (singing, dancing, spinning) distance of me, let me formally announce my Art Out Loud coloring books are here and available for order! I’ve already shipped out the first 150 or so. I have about that many more available, and then you’ll need to order the books from Amazon (which is fine but since I don’t fulfill the Amazon orders, they don’t have the little notes and extra goodies that I give to the people who order from me.) ~~~~~ In other news, I’ve finally modified my shop page so you can get to everything I sell in one place.… Read more

That thing where you can win a coloring book…

When I finally got the proof for my coming-soon coloring book Art Out Loud, we took some cheesy photos … My favorite j-has-a-mustache photo … then I went through the painstaking process of proofreading the coloring book (which took two and a half minutes… because coloring book)… … unfortunately, I had to make two changes, and it was Friday, and the art director was already gone, so I didn’t get a new e-proof until the following week… … which I approved right away to start the 7-10 day clock ticking.… Read more

Butterfly Truth

It’s almost coloring book time! Actually, I’d hoped by now it would be coloring book time, but things move more slowly than I realized when it comes to birthing coloring books. When I set out to do this, I naively thought that it was all about creating fun, encouraging illustrations for people to color. And it is, but it’s also about finding the right printer and making all kinds of printing decisions, comparing quotes and running numbers to figure out retail versus wholesale prices, getting over my fear of inventory, sizing and reformatting, and then researching and installing e-commerce options for my site.… Read more

Playing with my food

I’ve been crazy busy lately, and all the art I’ve done has either been for my coloring book (coming soon!!!) or commissioned, which is completely wonderful, but I’ve missed just messing around. So, for today’s post, I went out in the garden and picked some inspiration. (I confess… First I put half the cucumber into a salad, THEN I doodled.)   This was really fun.… Read more

When in doubt, wear fun shoes

Hello! I’m back, and I’m strongly recommending that everyone take a month off from their blogs! Okay, not everyone, only people who are feeling overwhelmed and unfocused and like the thing they really need most is to take a month off and regroup. If you fit that description, I highly recommend going for it. It’s just what I needed. I have so many plans, so many irons in the fire, so many big-hearted, doodly ideas to manifest.… Read more

Taking potshots at sage advice. Sorta.

In my online world, which is vast, mostly wonderful, and frequently edifying, I am connected to a lot of people who are either in the midst of major personal evolutions, or they make a living helping other people navigate theirs. And since these two things are not mutually exclusive, I’d venture a guess that many – maybe all – of these amazing people are doing both at the same time – evolving and assisting in the evolution of others.… Read more

Mom Love (illustrated, of course!)

Since my mom broke her hip last April, I’ve spent a lot of time with her. At first that was because she needed me while she convalesced, went to rehab, and figured out the ever-changing landscape of what she could and couldn’t do. Then it was to help get my father and her to their various appointments. Now life is more or less back to normal at my parents’ house, but I still go there almost every week, because I want to.… Read more
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