The Illustration Friday theme is “outside,” and right outside my front door daffodils are blooming.

Daffodills 3

There are lots of ducks and geese at the pond at the little neighborhood park.  Last week we saw a great blue heron by the edge of the water, which was pretty amazing. Sometimes the geese will “pose,” but most of the time I find myself watching the little kids at the park.  They’re *so* delighted by the geese and ducks! Outside 1

I’m looking forward to seeing the baby geese and ducklings. They should be showing up any day now…

Both pictures were drawn with a Uniball Vision Exact (best pen *ever*) in a Strathmore bound  5.5 x 8.5 sketchbook with toned paper.  (The paper’s grey; I don’t know why it always scans as tan.) The color in the top picture is courtesy of Nouvel Carre pastels.


You have to be strong…

but sometimes you need a break.

Good Example

Ink, watercolor, colored pencil, and Photoshop (for the lettering and border), and yes, the Illustration Friday theme this week is “strong.”

Have a good day, however you’re spending it!

Finding the road

I love maps, and my art journals are full of variations on the theme of finding (and losing) your way.  As The Illustration Friday theme this week is “Path,” I had a hard time picking just one image to submit!  I’ve always liked this one, though — perhaps because it was a bit of a stylistic departure (a new path!) for me.


Choosing your path is always difficult, but it’s also exciting, full of magic and possibility. And that’s true, I think, even if you’re not setting off to distant shores, but only sitting at home with a paintbrush and a blank page.

Ink and watercolor, Canson Montval watercolor journal.