The Summer Begins…

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We are well into June and school is finally out for my children! I am trying to find creative ways to do my art this summer, while doing all the fun summery things I want to do with them. Luckily, I had wrapped up a series of commissions this past week and now I get to work on my own stuff for a bit (Hooray!)…when I can carve out the time! So far this week we’ve hit the pool, the beach, run through the sprinkler, eaten dairy queen and pancake breakfasts while in our p.j.’s (the breakfast, not the DQ;)) I LOVE summer and I find inspiration everywhere. From tending my own vegetable garden, to watching the perennials come up from last year, to planning a road trip for me and my girls to visit my bestie in Tennessee-she has a farm!

So my plan is this: to take all this summery goodness in, record moments in my art journal, take lots and lots of pictures and put paint to canvas in the spare moments. Having my sketch-a-day project keeps me drawing and documenting the every day as well. I’m thinking I may bind it in the end for my kids…like “this was our year in 2013/2014.” These days really do fly by and I want to savor them. Here are my recent sketches…end of May, into June. Oh and follow me and fellow creatives in the newest instagram foliophoto project inspired by Wes Anderson! Sandra Harris and Christie Jones have truly created a community of creatives that have become virtual friends, all while doing what we love to do-create! Read more about it here. And now the sketches…


For the late, great Maya Angelou, may she Rest In Peace.


Sketchy Orchids


Succulent Love


Stars stars stars


After a trip to the butterfly room at the nature museum…


Imperfect diamonds


Michelle Ma Belle


A boy and his game


Peonies not quite bloomed


A is for apple green marker


A glass of the good stuff


For my very excited 9 year old nephew while visiting my sister’s family in Dallas for a few days…


I like sketching glasses


A summer abstract


Mad lady portrait


View of my garden in early June