Hello from Chicago!

Well, actually, I’m back from Chicago now, but here are some highlights from the trip! First, Book Expo America, the reason I was there. I’ve never attended BEA before. I was told it’s not as big as it used to be. I’ll have to take everyone’s word for that because the event seemed enormous to me, a giant warehouse-sized space filled with all the people who make books happen, from the writers to the publishers, and all the agents, editors, publicists, reviewers, sellers, librarians and readers in between.… Read more

Power struggles

In my last post, I talked about one of three powerful ideas that I took away from Deepak and Oprah’s most recent 21-day meditation experience: the value of letting yourself be awed. It’s so easy to look around at all the meanness, intolerance, and cruelty in the world and feel hopeless and sad. But the truth is this world is just as full of love, compassion, and beauty.… Read more

Everyday wonder

I  just finished Oprah and Deepak’s latest 21-day meditation series, and I came away with three really powerful ideas that I want to share. I’m going to talk about the first one today, and the others over the next two posts. The first one is a very simple, utterly lovely suggestion:

Let yourself be awed.

As children, we were constantly amazed by a world that presented us with new experiences every day, but as we grow older two things happen.… Read more

That thing where I give away colorable greeting cards

I have a bunch of things to share with you! First of all, a giveaway! My publisher, HCI Books has turned some of my most popular coloring images into colorable greeting cards. They come as a set of eight. On the front of each card is an image beautifully colored in. On the inside is a sweet message along with a colorable version of the outside illustration.… Read more

I have all the books!

… well, the coloring books, anyway. And not all of them so much as just the ones I’ve illustrated. But still. The first two releases of HCI Books‘ Inkspirations series are here, and they’re beautiful! #gallery-12 { margin: auto; } #gallery-12 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-12 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-12 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Butterfly Evolution Cover (Inkspirations) Lotus Mandala Cover (Inkspirations) x Clicking on the images above will bring you to my Etsy shop, where I have a limited number of each book for sale.… Read more

Step-by-step: Just breathe

A couple of weeks ago I asked my subscribers what kinds of posts they’d like to see more of on my blog. I got lots of great suggestions, with posts about my process being the most requested. So today, a (hopefully) fun post for you. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of one of my Inkspirations coloring pages, including a mistake and do-over, which proves that I’m not infallible.… Read more

That thing where they ask you to make a video…

… and you do! Okay, so a couple of weeks ago, Kim, the Director of Communications at HCI Books, called to ask if I’d mind making a meet-the-artist video for the launch of their Inkspirations coloring books series this month. Here’s how our conversation went: Kim: We’d love for you to make a video. Me: A doodle? Kim: A video. Me: An illustration?… Read more

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
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