Thursday, September 30, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Oh these are the mailboxes in my neighborhood...

While strolling around my block, I was inspired by the unique choices people make with their mailbox selections. I am starting to think that mailboxes are like shoes and cars in that they tell a lot about their owners.

I will paint these tomorrow night and I will have a round 2 later this week because, yes, there are more...

Note: All mailboxes illustrated above are truly from my neighborhood. I did not imagine them, not even the train.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Oh, Crickets

I am not sure what I did to offend the cricket community? I should start off by saying that I love the outdoors. I practically lived outside growing and really did not watch much TV until I was 15-ish.

Because of this, of my favorite sounds are the honking of geese flying overhead, tree frogs and believe it or not, crickets. What I have learned most recently is that I prefer listening to crickets that are a bit further away than say, OUTSIDE MY BEDROOM DOOR!

Seriously. Why did one cricket decide that right outside my bedroom door would be a perfect place to make his home? A home without a bed, because this cricket never sleeps, or maybe he has that restless legs syndrome... And how long is a crickets life span, really? Maybe they procreate really quickly and do not let their cricket babies leave the home.

Please go away, Mr. Cricket. I need sleep. I even left off the little hairs on your legs in my illustration because I thought it looked a bit buggy. I might just have to change my iPhone ring that I selected months ago: Crickets. Is that irony?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Back from New York...

Well, I'm back from New York. It was a business trip, but I managed to walk around the city for an hour the morning that I left to take a few pictures of the city.

I loved this brick church. It was really beautiful. I think I will try to paint it tomorrow or Monday.

I love the energy of New York and that you can walk everywhere. I think that I could have lived there for a couple of years. Having said that, it is SO nice to be home.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New York

I have been in New York since Sunday for work. I will post this weekend when I return!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Doodle, doodle, doodle...

What can I say, Top Chef makes me happy.

There are about five shows that I would prefer never to miss, and this is one. I like the creative aspect, the challenges, watching the process and seeing the final product...

Project Runway is another show that I try not miss. Would anyone like to doodle "Project Runway" or "PR" and email to me to be posted?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Black beans with cinnamon?

Weird, right? Or have I just been kept in the dark?

We made shrimp tacos with sauteed red bell peppers, onions and garlic. For a side dish, I emptied a can of black beans into a sauce pan. Maybe it was the Mojito, but I decided that soy sauce, onions, ketchup, and cinnamon would be the perfect addition. Oh my goodness! If you like cinnamon, I recommend
trying this. However, I would suggest starting sparingly because you can always add more.

Below is a sketch of the cinnamon that I used. I love Simply Organic's spices. The little bottles are so cute. I am trying to think of a way to reuse the empty ones. Any ideas?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Oh, to live on the water...

Please can I live here and take my canoe to the local marina to buy my milk and eggs? Ok, if I am being honest, I would probably have bad dreams knowing my house was sitting on little wooden stilts.

A quick sketch finished in ink and watercolor - I think I will send to my grandma (gaga). My love for watercolor came from growing up admiring her beautiful paintings.