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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Variation on the word sleep

This month, I’m honoring National Poetry Month by making art from two of my favorite poems. The first was Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman.” This week it’s Margaret Atwood’s “Variation on the word sleep.” The first time I ever read this poem, it took my breath away with it’s raw, sweet longing. It felt so vulnerable and intimate to me, so straight-from-the-heart honest… plain-spoken, imaginative, and lyrical.… Read more
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Phenomenal Woman

This month, I’m honoring National Poetry Month by making art from two of my favorite poems. The first one is Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman.” I love the rhythm, voice, and take-no-prisoners attitude of this poem. In it, Maya Angelou owns her womanhood absolutely and unapologetically. Every time I read it, I feel the thrill of recognition and the yearning to be more and bigger and better.… Read more
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Because art

Hello! I have three announcements for you this week. First, I made coloring pages that you can download for free! #gallery-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Doodle Flower Arrangement Bird Escape Doodly Owl #1 Mandala Magic Mandala Garden   And before you think you’re too old for coloring, listen to this from Huffington Post.… Read more
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Because dogs

As it has for many, this week has been emotional for me. I’ve considered a whole range of topics for this post: grief, helplessness, a defense of social media, the healing power of nature, the many ways to measure a life. I even started writing a couple of those posts, but then one morning, my goofball dog Lexi made me laugh mid-cry, and I decided to instead write a list of excellent facts about dogs.… Read more
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