The smell of fall is in the air, and I guess that’s why I thought of this for the Illustration Friday theme, “bouquet.”

Leaves 2015j

(One definition of bouquet is “characteristic scent,” and what’s more autumn-y than the smell of burning leaves?)

Fall’s my favorite time of year, and I try to do an illustration of autumn leaves every October/November.  I just finished this one, which is watercolor (three colors: a red, a yellow, and a blue) and Berol Prismacolor Verthin colored pencil (two browns and olive green) in a 7×10 Canson Montval Field Watercolor Book.

Happy Autumn!




The nature of things

The Illustration Friday theme is “nature.”  I’ve been playing with nature studies in a variety of media (and papers):

Nature 2015

I have to admit, though, my first thought was *human* nature, and…


Probably not what the IF people had in mind.  Or Emerson, for that matter.

What are you looking for?


The Illustration Friday theme this week is “treasure,” so I unearthed this piece — one of my first beach pictures.  It’s colored pencil (mostly Prismacolor VeriThin, I think) on bristol. The white lettering is actually the just the white paper, with the forms created by the surrounding colored pencil.

Here’s to finding what you’re looking for!




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.

Change, change, change

The Illustration Friday theme this week is “metamorphosis.”


When change seems particularly overwhelming, it’s nice to think about acorns becoming trees, and caterpillars sprouting wings.  And about chaos theory, and the possibility that something small and seemingly random may be part of a meaningful and important pattern, after all.