Experiments in Blue // Week 36



Hello friends, here is this week’s Experiment in Blue! A painting I made this week with acrylic paint on wood. It’s 8×10 inches.

How is it already week 36 of 52? I have no idea! You can see all my Experiments in Blue from 2016 here.

Hope everyone has a great week. I’ll be back tomorrow with a brand new interview with someone I admire.


Labor Day Sale!



Friends, I am so happy to announce the first sale I’ve had since APRIL! Take 15% off in my shop through Monday, September 5 with coupon code LABORDAY. Get an early start on holiday shopping (this may be the last sale I have before 2017),  find the perfect birthday gift or treat yourself to something special. I’ve got loads of books, loads of prints, coloring books, stationery, a tote bag, journals, notebooks, and a few limited edition screen printed posters. Visit my shop today and check everything out!

Have a great weekend!


Experiments in Blue // Week 35



I was away again this past weekend, so this week’s Experiment in Blue happened inside my sketchbook, as it often does when I am traveling!

This past weekend I went to a summer camp for adults in New York State, and I had a lot of down time to draw (which was AH-MAZING!). The spread above, which is drawn in a large A4 Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, took about five hours total to create (not all at once, though!). Making spreads like this is a really meditative process for me. I love the repetition, layering linework on top of watercolor (in this case I used a watercolor marker by Windsor Newton), and creating a sense of balance and composition as I work my way across the spread. It completely relaxes me!

I talk about all of these things in my two Sketchbook Classes over at Creativebug, which you can view for here (and you can also sign up for Creativebug via that link).

Happy sketch-booking!


Strut Your Mutt Portland



Friends, I am so excited to announce my participation in Strut Your Mutt this year on September 10 at Sellwood Park Riverfront Park in Portland! Strut Your Mutt is one of the largest and most exciting fundraising walks and festivals for local rescues in town. We will have field day games and fun activities like little dog races!

I’ll be there with Wilfredo and I’ll also be judging some of the contests, so come say hello!

Strut Your Mutt is in its 5th year in Portland, with usually over 500 people in attendance and raising over 50,000 for local animal rescue organizations. We have our largest fundraising goal ever, so we really want to get the word out in the community. Learn more about the event and register here. Out of town folks can also donate here.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!


Experiments in Blue // Week 34



This week’s Experiment in Blue is a continuation of a body of work I started way back in January (inspired by 1970’s graphic design). I abandoned for awhile (or simply got sidetracked!). You can see & read about the original pieces I painted in the collection here (toward the bottom of the post). I’ll be continuing this series now for a show I’ll be having this Spring. I am very excited because these pieces require a large compass to create the circle and arch shapes and I finally got my hands on one!

Have a great week, friends!