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The 100 Day Project – Day 2 – Cicadas

It’s after midnight, but I haven’t been to bed yet, so it’s still day 2 of my #100daysofpattern2018. Day one was getting ready, writing about why and gathering drawings to turn into patterns. So day 2 and here’s my first pattern.

The100dayproject-Day 1

Today is the first day of #the100dayproject and I’ve finally decided what I’m going to do this year.

Moo mini portfolio

I’ve been using these Moo square business cards for nearly three years and I still absolutely love them as a way to share a mini portfolio of my drawings and encaustic work everywhere I go. Maybe it’s time to add some newer work to the...

This guy started out as a magpie…

This guy started out as a magpie until I found the gourd for his beak and rusty whisks for his feet. Not sure what he is anymore, but I’m kind of in love with him! Made in Geoffrey Gorman‘s workshop at Ephemera...

I’m about to merge worlds…

I’m about to merge worlds and use some paper stretching techniques I learned from Catherine Nash at Amanda Jolley’s studio last year on the wings of this cicada that I’m making in Geoffrey Gorman’s workshop at Ephemera...

Last night’s drawing

Last night’s drawing with this morning’s coffee. I just want to draw pretty pictures and drink coffee.

Brainstorming ideas for this year’s 100 Day Project

Brainstorming ideas for this year’s #the100dayproject. On the list for consideration so far: insects repeatpatterns hand lettering 100 things about me kama sutra nudewomen (duh!) daily watercolor iPad drawing. Any suggestions from this list or something else I may not...

I left for Mexico with gorgeous bright hair color

I left for Mexico with gorgeous bright hair color but after two months in the sun and pool, I came back so faded that I had to rush back to Kelsey Doyle and get all pretty again!

Doodle Addicts

Super excited to discover my #365accordionproject featured in the weekly email from Doodle Addicts this morning! Thanks so much @doodlers!...

Metaphor

I think this is my favorite scene in my entire month in Mazatlan! There’s a great metaphor here, but I don’t have the words for it.

writing and drawing and planning

All of my visitors are gone, so it’s time to get back to writing and drawing and planning. And since I just extended my Mazatlan trip by three weeks, it’s also time to think about working again.

Mexican tiles

This one wall sums up a great deal of the beauty of Mazatlan for me.

mindless doodle

So far 2018 has been the year of the mindless doodle.

You know you’re a coffee addict

You know you’re a coffee addict when you are just starting your first cup and you are already anticipating the second one.

The longest four minutes

The longest four minutes in the day are waiting until it’s time to do this.

2018 is starting off pretty well!

Coffee brewing in the French press? Check. Books and planner? Check. Sunshine and warm temperature? Check. 2018 is starting off pretty well! Reading: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner...

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday to 1986-87 when I took a few sculpture classes at Oglethorpe University and made this life-sized head that I’ve been lugging around with me for 30 years! #tbt

Pixel is judging me

Pixel is judging me for drawing when I should be cleaning and organizing. But I don’t see her getting off her throne to help.

This is the third unsigned gift

This is the third unsigned gift that has appeared at my door in the past week or so. Thank you to whoever sent me this awesome mug!

Spent the morning drawing and writing

Spent the morning drawing and writing about why most of my women have no faces. Ironically, the latest one does have a face. It’s not really true that #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

I love these pillows

I love these pillows that I had made using drawings from my Woman and Her Needs series. Trying to figure out how to make fabric with repeats from it. I have a chair I really want to upholster with it!

I always overestimate

I always overestimate the amount of stuff I can get done in any given chunk of time. The plan was to clean/organize my studio today and all I got done is this one small workspace. But it’s a start! More tomorrow.

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday to maybe 1992 when I was in grad school at SCAD studying fibers. Block print on fabric. #tbt

How to celebrate the day after your birthday

How to celebrate the day after your birthday. Drink coffee out of the bluetooth app-powered mug from Dad that keeps coffee at your desired temperature. Eat chocolate cupcakes with buttercream and caramel made by good friend. Draw in sketchbook. Work on websites....

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday to a bunch of years ago when I made these monotype/screenprint versions of Woman and Her Needs Series of drawings.

Busy day

Busy day of building websites and bookshelves, leaving only a few minutes for drawing some leaves.

weird dead plants and animals

I love when people find weird dead plants and animals and leave them on my doorstep! What are these cool things?!

Still plenty of time…

Still plenty of time to get these cards for your favorite irreverent friends and family! On my website now.

It was time for another dragonfly

It was time for another dragonfly in my #365accordionproject. It was a lot more fun than the laundry and dishes I’ve been avoiding for 8,793 days. #ihatebeingagrownup #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

I was too busy

I was too busy working on websites and visiting with friends today to draw more than a few leaves. #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

#ThrowbackThursday to my first job after grad school

#ThrowbackThursday to my first job after grad school when I got to draw plants and animals all day and see them printed on t-shirts for the National Audubon Society. Looking for another way to get to draw all day...

Just started the sixth sketchbook

Just started the sixth sketchbook of my yearlong drawing project. For all my new followers (hi and thanks for following along!), on January 1st I started drawing in a Moleskine Japanese accordion fold sketchbook with the intention of drawing in it every day for the...

Here’s what I look like

Here’s what I look like on a couch full of my pillow designs with an adorable child. Thank you so much to everyone who came out for Small Business Saturday today and bought art and chatted and sipped cocktails with me! It was a fantastic...

What my view is most days

What my view is most days. Only it usually has about fifty things scattered around.

which of my drawings would you like to see on a magnet

I have the chance to get a really good price on magnets today only and some of you have been asking for them… so… which of my drawings that you see in my Instagram posts would you like to see on a magnet? Comment on the individual post to vote for your favorite! Extra...

Now I want to put Christmas lights on all of my girls

Hey look! I had a crazy last minute idea and stayed up most of the night designing Christmas cards! No, you didn’t read that incorrectly, this Jewish atheist Scrooge is making a small collection of four Christmas cards that will be available soon online and at the...

This message is so big I had to say it twice.

This message is so big I had to say it twice. If you are in the Paducah area, come to the Smedley Yeiser Saturday, November 25 for a Small Business Saturday pop up shop. Lots of local artists, including me (obviously!) and cocktails. What could be...

I’m in love with this guy.

I’m in love with this guy. Now how to create a repeat pattern out of him to make wallpaper.

How cute are these new little labels?

How cute are these new little labels from Sticker Mule? Seen here on my brand new Ink + Volt planner with the new Bossladies...

I mostly post a lot of images and not a lot of words

I mostly post a lot of images and not a lot of words, but I feel like the drawings don’t tell the whole story. Actually, I’m not really interested in telling the whole story, but I do want to be honest and share more. I wrote this blog post almost a week ago, posted a...

sweet little ladybug

She has no idea who I am, but Clea, of @thehomeedit inspired this addition to my drawing. Annoying Asian beetle or sweet little ladybug, you be the judge.

very important notes

Here are the very important notes I took during a bootcamp for artists Friday. Any questions? #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

How I plan to spend the next hour.

How I plan to spend the next hour. Hot bath with coffee in a handmade mug by @meaach and @bodyposipanda’s awesome book!