My Sketchbook Project 2012: tree•house

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On Tuesday, I sent my Sketchbook Project 2012 off to the Brooklyn Art Library. I have such an affinity for the Art House Co-op and the Sketchbook Project. The grassrootsiness of their mission resonates with me.

The theme I chose for this project was “treehouse”, and I’m really happy with the idea/story that emerged from the theme. For the most part I’m pleased with the pictures I created. Unfortunately, just as the deadline loomed, I cut the ring finger on my drawing hand open on a broken drinking glass. Had to figure out how to hold the pencil and not pull at the stitches. Ouch. Wasn’t easy, and the style of the sketches changed as a result. They took on a more jagged style, that almost implied movement. It was interesting. They remind me of my father’s sketching style.

Anyway, all this to say, my sketchbook is now on its way to Brooklyn, and I’m pleased it will be included among the other sketchbooks for this year’s project. I only wish I could visit the Library and see all those sketchbooks in person.

I’ll be participating in the Limited Edition Sketchbook Project in a few months. My theme is The Science of Story. Can’t wait to get these stitches out of my finger and get sketching.


It’s December and I’m Feeling Generous

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It’s December. It’s finally cold here in the desert. And I’m feeling generous.

No rhyme or reason to this, but over the next three weeks, I’m going to give away free stuff. Art and artsy things I’ve made.

Today, in honor of my California friends who’ve endured the Santa Ana winds, I’m giving this watercolor to the first three people who leave comments. Each will be hand painted on 5.5×8.5 watercolor paper. Colors may vary slightly. If you’d like to have one, leave a comment. Be sure to include a link or email address where I can reach you.


Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween!


My Fiction Project 2011

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A couple of months ago, I participated in Art House Co-op’s Fiction Project 2011. It’s an art/story project where they send you a notebook, you fill it with stories and art, and they send it on tour and house it in their gallery/library. Art House is currently updating their website, so the fiction books aren’t online yet, but hopefully they will be soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of the photos I took of my project before I sent it off.

I chose to illustrate my story “Beneath the Crape Myrtle“, which was published by Plain Spoke and The Liars League a while back. You can read the story in its entirety on my website. It’s about a dog. A ghost dog.

I dedicated my fiction project version to Holly.

Here are the photos. When the link at Art House goes live, I’ll post it as well.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

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Wishing you a blessed Christmas