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Life Drawing Camp Summer 2016!

This summer I will be teaching two life drawing day camps at Cedar Springs Camp in Lake Stevens.

I am really excited about this.  I will be teaching traditional observational drawing skills, exploring different techniques and just enjoying drawing outside in nature.  It’s going to be a lot of fun!

More than that, though, I am excited about the opportunity to share with these kids in all the wonder of creation.  Being inspired by nature and by each other.  Taking the time to appreciate all we see and that inspires us to create.  Knowing it all points us back to our Creator God who made us in His own image.

The first camp runs June 20-24 and the second, August 22 – 26. This camp is for kids in grades 5-9 and it is an all day (9-5) camp.  If you are closer to Bothell or Lynwood there is bus transportation available for a small fee.  All the money and registration details are available here.



Facebook time warp

I think it was in 2013 that I did a sketch of this musician and gave it to him after the show. He then sent me a Facebook message to thank me with an image of the sketch. I had forgotten about the message and the drawing until I found it again, thanks to a little article on Facebook that helped me find a tiny trove of automatically filtered messages tucked away, mostly unread. This was the only gem. But it was fun to rediscover. Thanks Facebook. 

Mom, can I have a tattoo?

Today the request was for a Komodo Dragon. How could I refuse? The grandparents took him and his brothers to the zoo on Sunday.  Homespun temporary tattoos (ballpoint pen drawings on skin) are the norm around here.  Sometimes I do them, sometimes they do their own. At 6, 4 and 2 1/2 it can get pretty extensive. Full body crayola marker tats are quite common.   

It’s fun being a mom. 

Estes Park

I’d never been to Colorado. The husband took me on a road trip for our anniversary. We attended The Weekend To Remember, which was great. I had a little time to paint, which was a real blessing. Colorado was just beautiful.



LOTR Inspired Wedding Illustrations


A friend of a friend asked me to design their wedding invitations.  The theme was “Bilbo’s Party”.  After discussing it with the Bride and looking at some examples of things she and the Groom liked, we came up with the idea of having the illustrations be monochrome navy blue.  I’m really pleased with the outcome.  I did it in watercolor, my current medium of choice.  I especially like the effect the masked out moon and lanterns have on the main image.   I did use some white paint (like a cheater) for the details, but I think the art police will forgive me.

Jess_and_BrianThis is the front and back of the RSVP Card.  Which read “Will you make the journey?”  “Cordially Accept / Regretfully Decline”
Too cute, right?!

Jess_and_Brian_rsvpI’m just posting the illustrations and not the final designs because the wedding is this summer and I don’t want any of you crazy people crashing this sweet couple’s wedding.  😉