Experiments in Blue // Week 26



This week’s Experiment in Blue is a pattern! You can see all of my Experiments in Blue here.

Happy Monday!


Joy of Swimming Instagram Contest Winner!


Joy of Swimming Stop Motion June 2016

Thank you to everyone who joined in on my Joy of Swimming Instagram contest (you can view the original post and rules here). I loved all of the entries (and will share my favorites below), but the winner is Abbie Adams, who created this really amazing stop motion gif with the book! It’s incredible, isn’t it?? Abbie is an illustrator living in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

I loved all of the entries but these two below were close runners up after Abbie!

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I love this gorgeous painting of the cover (as a library book!!) by @jdgchocolat!

And I also loved this painting that includes the cover by @zestandlavender! Isn’t it fabulous???

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Thank you to everyone who participated!! Abbie, I’ll be in touch about claiming your prizes!

Speaking of Joy of Swimming, check out this article in Swimming World about the book!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Experiments in Blue // Week 25



Today is my last day in London — and I know I promised some travel photos a week ago and haven’t delivered. You know when you travel and you think you will have loads of down time and then you don’t? Well, that’s what happened to me! But I hope to share some later this week! It’s been a wonderful week.

For now I share with you this week’s Experiment in Blue, which I painted today in my little apartment here with my travel watercolor set, and it’s dedicated to the 49 victims of the Orlando massacre — who have been weighing heavily on my heart for the past nine days.

Tomorrow I head back home to Portland. I’ll see you back there in a couple of days!


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.


New Poster! Leave No One Behind



Friends, I am so so excited to release a new poster! It was originally a design I created for The United Nations Humanitarian Summit and I’m now selling it as a limited edition 24×36 inch limited edition poster!

The poster is a hand-pulled screenprinted limited edition  in red, pink, lavender and ochre ink on white archival quality French Paper Company stock. Limited edition of 40 only! Once these posters are sold, they will not be available again, so get yours today! Each poster is signed and numbered by me and for sale for just $40.

Poster reads: “LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND” and is the perfect poster for teachers, leaders, doctors, nurses, coaches, and anyone who loves people, values equality and cares about humanity!

Printed by a small screen printing shop in Portland, Oregon USA.

Get yours today!