Sketchbook Roundup: France Edition!



{PS: I learned after I drew this that the wording above should be La Chèvre, not Le Chèvre! My apologies!}

One of my favorite times to draw in my sketchbook is while I am traveling, especially when I am traveling alone (by the way, if you are interested, I wrote an essay on traveling alone which you can read here).

Last month I traveled in France for two weeks (to Paris, Nice and Antibes), and I drew several spreads while I meandered through these cities (though truthfully I don’t draw WHILE I am meandering). I love observing what is around me — architecture, animals, plant life, people, the general vibe of a place — and then drawing my interpretation. Here are some of the spreads I made on this trip:










Do you dream of keeping a sketchbook but don’t know where to start? I offer two different sketchbook classes to give you a jumpstart. You can take Sketchbook Explorations here or More Sketchbook Explorations here (both via Creativebug, which is a subscription online class platform for only a few dollars a month). I also teach several other classes at Creativebug. You can see all of my offerings here.

Happy sketchbooking!


New Print in the Shop!



Friends, I am so excited to share with you a new print available in my shop! It’s called Hello Friends, and it’s available here. It’s 11×14 inches and ready to frame, printed on archival paper with archival quality inks.

Great for kids and adults alike!

CATEGORIES: Drawings | New in my Shop

Experiments in Blue // Week 31



I’m a little late in posting this week’s Experiment in Blue — this sketchbook spread I made while I was in Antibes France last week. I’m back in Portland again after two weeks vacation in France, and will be posting here more often again!

Hope everyone is having a great week!


Experiments in Blue // Weeks 29 & 30



Friends, I’ve been traveling in France, hence my silence here on the blog, but I did want to share with you my Experiments in Blue from the past two weeks!

This one below was drawn on a train from Paris to Nice, as we meandered (rather speedily) through the French countryside of Provence. It is painted entirely in one paint color, too.


Hope everyone is having a great week so far.


Experiments in Blue // Week 24



Hey guess what? I’m traveling in Europe right now! Hello from Iceland! This week’s Experiment in Blue was drawn yesterday on a bus as I traversed the Icelandic countryside. This is my second trip to Iceland (I came the first time in September of 2012 — if you scroll back in this blog, you’ll find many posts about that trip!). I love this place so much.

Tomorrow I head to London for another week of adventure. And on Saturday I deliver the opening keynote address at Blogtacular. You can follow along on all of my adventures here on Instagram.

More about this week’s Experiment: It’s based on a dream I had about a tiny lion with a pink mane. Weird, I know! And it’s drawn with watercolor and gel pens.

And another thing while I’ve got you here: I am devastated by the mass shooting in my home country at a gay bar on Sunday. I am deeply, deeply sad and it’s tough being away from home and my loved ones right now (I am traveling alone). May we all live in a world where love prevails!!

I’ll be back later this week with more photos from my travels. Stay tuned.