Monday, August 14, 2017

2 year gap, ready to catch up!

This blog has been a useful record of my progress since 2011, and I would like to keep it up as an art journal, for my own record keeping and note taking.

What has been going on the last 2 years? Home making, property taming, garden tending, hosting, youth disciplining, church growing and last but not least, Navine raising! Art has definitely taken a back seat in our full life. I have become familiar with the "nap time hustle" and have been able to consistently create a very small amount of artwork. has been a huge encouragement to me. Its seemed that the more they gave to me, the less I was able to give back and now I feel that I have dropped off completely from entering challenges, though I am about to start a large commission that I received through their commission program.

In October of 2016 Minted invited me to visit their headquarters in San Fran! As a benefit of being under contract, I had the privilege of joining a small handful of artists to tour the gorgeous Minted work space. We took part in critique meetings, met with Miriam, the CEO, were bestowed gifts, wined and dined, participated in art event at the Minted Local store and had a fun time getting to know each other!

In some ways the trip with thrilling and inspiring, in other ways it caused a pang in my heart, knowing that my involvement would become less and less as mothering became more and more. But, as I will someday write in beautiful flowing calligraphy,

"Nurturing a tiny heart is the highest form of Art."

These are some pieces that I created for Minted the last couple years:

"Walking Dogs" was a result of a brief moment where I thought my future might be in pet portraits.

These "Cactus Gardens" were fun to create with a base of watercolor and white prickly patterns. Drawing the prickles was extremely satisfying and relaxing. It was nice to branch out and try a different technique.

There's more in my shop!

Some art pieces are "winners" voted by the Minted community. Others are "Editor's Picks" selected by the Minted team, and others are "self launched." I keep the rights to my self launched work and can use it outside of Minted.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Shop Kitty Commission

I finished this commission this morning!

On December 12th we welcomed our daughter, Navine (rhymes with 'divine') into the world! She is such a sweet, calm baby and lets mom get some painting done!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Fox Shadow

My family had a wonderful rendezvous in Colorado for my cousin's wedding! We stayed at a camp up in the mountains where all the aspen trees were in their full autumn yellow. It was a beautiful setting and so fun to be with all of my family from CO, OR and CA!

One of the highlights was this friendly fox that visited me one morning. He came so close that I stood in his shadow!

I had to paint him when I got home.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Over the Moon

Hello! Sometime I will post before and after pictures of our home. We recently moved into a fixer upper and that has been taking up a lot of time! A whole "nother" creative process. My husband and I are expecting in 5 weeks and we currently have 8 rooms under construction. I look forward to things coming together and getting to "nest" like these owls.

This illustration was a special kind of commission. I painted the image so the commissioner could purchase a print! So, I still have the original : ) It will be going up for sale soon!

After creating a personalizable print for I thought it would be fun to make one of my own! This print is customizable with the couple's initials, baby's initials or baby's birth date.

You can order this print at my shop!

Here is a look at the process:

Inked and textured with colored pencil
First layer with yellow ochre
Adding color. The colors always look very unbalanced to begin with!
Finished painting
Customized close-up on print!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Minted Journal/Notebook Cover Challenge

This is my entry for Minted's current contest:

Customizable Journal/Notebook cover. You can customize your hidden love message and your own initials : )

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Red Fox Ribbon

Minted hosted a contest for customizable children's art, called the "Never Too Early" challenge.  I usually cringe when I enter a Minted challenge that requires personalization options and increased Photoshop skills, but I feel like I am starting to get the hang of it after much trial and error.

I am very excited about this entry, because it is a new style for me and has opened up a whole new world of ideas. It is a mix of fine art and Photoshop, which means I can't slip the original into my portfolio like I usually do. I will have to order my own print from Minted if I want to show it off!

This print allows you to personalize your daughter's name and birth date. My little niece, Dayla, helped me pick out the colors stating that she has, "Only seen red and orange foxes, so why would you do anything else?" Well, that was easy : )

The date happens to be the due date of our little one who we are expecting in December!

Here is a look at the process. I started with a pen outline and then watercolored it in. I scanned the image and then carefully erased the line in Photoshop because I felt it took away from the clean simplicity. Next I downloaded "Paper cute" from and added the text.

I have a fun idea for a boy's illustration, so I will have to wait for the next challenge. Next time I will forgo the pen and use a soft pencil line that I can manually erase!