Around Here Lately

It has been a real struggle to make time for everything lately. Being 29 weeks pregnant and running out of energy on an almost daily basis hasn't left too much time for art making. I've been squeezing it in when I can though. Wish I had more to share here on my blog, but for now i'm going with the flow. I think it is completely reasonable to not expect too much at this time. I've been keeping up with my monthly desktop wallpapers, you can get access to them through my mailing list here. August2560x1440

I've also been in the studio making art whenever I have some free time. It felt really good to dive back into paints again, and start a new painting. I've always been drawn to elephants, and love to add them to my work. Was bummed when I went to the zoo last weekend and they had no elephants!

elephant painting

I'm also playing in my sketchbook a lot lately, and working out some new styles and ways of creating illustrations. I'm looking forward to working on some of my big ideas in 2017, and can't wait to share what I've been thinking up with you! Hoping that getting on a schedule with a toddler and baby won't be too hard, and that by January I'll be able to get myself back to the studio slowly but surely!

girl in yellow sketch

Starting a Sketchbook Practice

Lately, I've become a big fan of sketchbooks, and before this year they were mostly in my life, but not something I made a regular habit of. I started one again when I signed up for Sketchbook Skool earlier this year and it has been amazing to be making art on the regular again. Life is busy with a toddler, and also maintaining my freelance work, all the while also doing all those things in life that need to be done. So when I picked up a sketchbook and started carrying one around with me it made a huge difference in my creative habits. Now I don't have to feel so guilty about not being able to get into the studio everyday, and it has been fun to incorporate my son into some of my sketches. I recently wrote a little guide on eBay about starting a sketchbook practice. Feel free to check it out now, and hopefully get going on your very own sketchbook habit.

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