Outgoing Mail!

I'm still slow to respond to my snail mail pile, but I still respond! (Thats what counts right?) I had a few more than this but after I dropped them in the box I realized that I only photographed 2 out of the 4. Oh well! I hope the recipients like them! I've still been practicing my gouache skills and it is still a bit rocky, but getting better!!

August Art Journal!

I'm super behind on posting this past months art journal! I've been a bit unmotivated. Still posting bits of drawing challenges on my instagram, but yeah over all not producing much art! I hope that changes soon. Lots of good creative vibes seem to be coming with the fall weather. I had a lot of cool illustration things going on in this journal but also a few pages that turned into a bit of a mess. BUT thats one thing I like about these journals, they don't need to be perfect and now i'll have learned for next time!

Song and Doodle #73

A bit ago I stumbled upon THIS wonderful list of 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women. The whole playlist is really kinda amazing and nostalgic. Its weird how many of these songs I forgot I knew! Also how many song were part of me growing up. Overall its just a lovely list! BUT I'm writing this post because the number one pick is AH-mazing! Now when the song Paper Planes by MIA first was release it was terribly over played and I didn't like it very much. Now that I'm older and I'm actually paying attention to what she's singing about, I really love it! I think she tackled a subject in a really witty and clever way. This song has never felt more present then it does today! More and more immigrants are being attacked and blamed. Its pure insanity and makes me crazy just trying to understand where all the hate is coming from. But I like that she can poke fun at all the absurdity that is our society today. Any ways I'm done ranting! haha

July Art Journal!

I've been having such a slow blogging month (summer?) Overall my summer hasn't been very creative. Just one of those things I suppose. I'm really in love with July's journal! I made it out of a pamphlet I got as an ad in a package a little bit ago. I made a printable sheet of spooky iPad doodles that I cut apart and used though out the entire journal. It was a lot of fun and I'll definitely be making more printable sheets!

Making. Listening. Eating.

Making. I haven't been working on too many projects but here a worried banana!
 Listening. This album by Fiona Apple reminds me of my teenage years. I love hate it. 
 Eating. I had some amazing sticky rice with mango the other day. So much yum!

June Art Journal

I'm not sure why but June was a really boring month and I didn't really have much to journal about. I finished up this lil' note book and am excited to start a new one! This month turned out a bit of a mish mash, but thats ok! Some months are going to be better than others! 

Song and Doodle #73

Todays song and doodle a little bit different music wise! I'm so not a heavy metal music kinda person what so ever, but luckily I've people around me that are! I've always thought that its important to listen to music that you wouldn't normally. So todays song is God Damn by Avenged Sevenfold! Now what I'm finding with heavy metal is that they touch on a lot of interesting subjects. Sometimes it is hard to looks past the gruffness of the song and listen to what they are saying (or maybe that just me?) 
I really like the lyric in this song "can't heal the wound before we bleed" I love this because its so true! We need to feel the hurt and the pain and then the healing can begin. I enjoy that this kind of heavy song reminded me of relief that comes with healing. After all the icky wounds and crap that gets tossed at you though out life there is always healing. This really applies to the current state of our country it feels like. There are so many people suffering and I can only hope that from this suffering we gain healing. I hope that we can come together, do what it right and learn from all these wounds.  Of course this song touches on a lot more than that. It has a lot of clever lyrics about mortality, good verse bad and the state or society. Overall this song just has a lot you can pick apart. At the root its clever and makes you think and I can get on board with that!
"Can't see the forest for the trees
Can't heal the wound before we bleed"

Happy Independence Day!

Such a strange holiday today! Lately with this political climate I'm finding it hard to be patriotic. Seems like every day theres something new and terrible happening. I know that this country has a lot of great things going on, but I know that we're out there doing a lot of damage in the world also. Its such a mixed bag of emotions. I was thinking about what to write this morning in the shower. I was able to reduce today down to celebrating a group of people who decided to be brave. They knew things could be better and decided to make a change! I'm really grateful for all of our founders that saw there was a better way! I can only hope that one day we'll recognize things could be better and we can be brave enough to stand up and do something about it!

Out Going Mail!

I treated myself to a gouache set a couple weeks ago! I've never worked with this type of watercolor paint-ness before so I'm quite excited. My first go I opened the red tube and it squirted EVERYWHERE. It was like something out of horror movie! I decided to paint all these little strawberries to use up all my squished out red. I did the front and backs and near the end I was really, like r e a l l y tired of strawberries! Now thinking upon it why didn't I paint something else? I guess I just had berries on the mind! Regardless I learned a lot about what NOT to do with these lil' tube-ys. I also realized that this gouache stuff is really tricky to work with! I'm gonna have to watch some youtube videos. If this is something you've worked a lot with please give me some tips!! 

Happy Solstice!

Happy Summer Solstice! This is one of my favorite times of year. I love the reminder that we are just specks on this wonderful earth. The cycle continues like it has long before us and how it will long after us. All we can do is gather together on the longest day of the year and hope that we're lucky enough to be a part of this beautiful cycle a little bit longer!

May Art Journal!

May art journal! I made this little booklet with fold out pages a long time ago. I was saving it for a special project but then realized I've got a dozen little notebooks I'm "saving" for some reason. I was looking for something small for my next art journal and this lil' one was perfect! I'm hoping in my June art journal I'll have time for some more illustrations. This past month was a bit wordy! I guess I just had a lot to say!