The Alphabet Dance E-course - FREE

I have been so hard at work on re-editing all of my content from the original Alphabet Dance E-course I ran two years ago. I am happy to say it is done, and re-launched. It is a free class that is done via email. You sign-up, receive 30 days of emails, and with a little encouragement and pep talks along the way, you will complete 26 paintings.

It is a great way to get a head start on a series of paintings that are all cohesive and have a common theme. These paintings make the best gifts, can be turned into all sorts of things and are just so much fun to make.

I hope you’ll join me this time around, and have a blast making some art!


These are some of the paintings I created for The Alphabet Dance, and the projects I made with them.

Nests and Nesting

nests&nesting
nests&nesting

There is this robin's nest outside my son's bedroom window. Earlier in the summer we watched as a robin built it, laid her eggs, sat on them for hours each day, and eventually they hatched. She diligently fed them, and one morning we noticed how big the birds were, we made breakfast and when we checked back they were all gone. It was a bit sad to not have them around anymore, to check in on, and watch grow. It helps that we definitely see those same robins flying around our house, and it's good to know that they took flight.

bird
bird

As I prepare for baby number two to arrive in just eight short weeks, I've gone into full on nesting mode. I'm finding myself wanting to get as much done, and wrapped up before this baby makes their arrival. It got me thinking about those robins and the nest. To slow down a bit, and just focus on the important things. We have almost everything we need for this baby as it was only two years since my son was born. I know we will buy the things we forgot about after the fact, but there is a big part of me that just wants to be ready.

I've also been working on getting things ready for 2017 so that when I'm ready to get back to it that I can just pick up and go. Planning the direction of this website, as well as working on my web & design business.  It's a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time, but I hope the art making hiatus isn't that long. I'll still be around here for a little bit longer, but I do expect to drop off for a few months once my little one arrives.

Back to Basics

wooden flower I've been thinking a lot about how my blogging habits have changed over the years. Gone are the days where I had a desk job and was able to work diligently on my blog in my free time. Also gone are the days where it seemed like everyone was checking into each other blogs and they seemed like a great place to catch up with friends around the web. I still read my fair share of blogs, but definitely not like I used to. This blog has been mostly a place for me to share my latest art adventures with you, and I don't plan on changing that. I'd like to add some more stories though, a better look at the behind the scenes here. It is something I am working towards so very slowly.

I wish I had more art to share with you here, but it has been a month of focusing on family, health, and some side projects. I am making art, it just is not ready for prime time yet, and that is ok. I'm heading into week 27 of pregnancy and to be honest it has been an exhausting journey so far. Chasing a toddler added to the mix has not been helping my energy levels. Just know I'm not going anywhere, I'm slowly working towards some goals, and hopefully after this new baby arrives and life falls into a new rhythm I'll get it all figured out. :)

Drawing 101

New art has been slow in coming around here lately, but not for a lack of art being made. I've been super busy working on some new things, and haven't felt like sharing just yet. A little something to look forward too, and I do plan on sharing soon. I thought since it's been awhile since I've shared anything here that I would pop in and tell you a little story and some art. Back in my last year of college I finally got around to taking the art classes I needed to graduate. This included painting, drawing, and photography. I took these along with my final classes I needed for my Graphic Design BA. It was when I started diving into these finer art classes that a part of me sort of woke up. This was where I actually started to think that art was my thing, and even though graphic design is art, there was something I couldn't shake about actually creating things with brushes, pens, and ink.  It is why I'm working towards figuring out what type of illustration technique is my jive.

drawing 1

I had an amazing drawing teacher, and I was lucky enough to stumble into a painting class taught by him a few years after I graduated as well. His style of teaching and letting us find our lines, and being open to the looseness that is art, was what i've always chased after with my own art. I think some of my best work at the time came out of that class. These are just a few of the charcoal and ink drawings that I did back then. Hard to believe it's been more than a decade.

vacuum drawing shelf drawing

Into the Void

I've been sucked into a bit of a void lately, but it is a good one. The making art, spending time outside, eating lots of melon, and hanging with my main little man Ezra, that kinda void. birds

It has been so nice to spend time away from the computer, away from the feeling that it all has to be work and no fun. It is a shift for me to try to focus more on the little things in life, and there is so much new art coming soon, and new prints. I've been keeping up with my sketchbook, and actually reading books again. It is finding the time to buckle down and write a blog post, get things up in the shop, and do the work that has been tough. I'm working on finding the balance in it all, and I suppose that is all any of us are trying to do.

flower ring