sketchbook catchup vol. 3


Oh me oh my it’s been a long time…I could just let these fall by the wayside but I figure you guys will find my failures interesting. I know I find other people’s. I call myself an artist but I’m not really doing much art these days. It’s been such a struggle balancing freelance work with mothering. You know how I found balance? I’m working less. I miss it but something had to give.

So this is a sketch leftover from my visit to D.C. It’s kind of self explanatory. I wasn’t going to post it but I thought the illo of not knowing how to dress for the weather was funny.


Then we got home and I hit a real rough patch. The first day back was fine and I felt like I was really accomplishing things. Getting unpacked, grocery shopping, resuming chores…whooooo-eeee I’m a domestic Queen! But my steam quickly ran out when I realized it was just ordinary real life again and there weren’t going to be any more fun adventures for a while. That and I suck at dieting. I don’t know why I keep trying. It always ends with me feeling like a major failure.


And then there’s this page. I just kept opening my sketchbook and attempting to sketch over and over. I’d get as far as the date and then I’d close the book and run off to do something else. I do like writing the date though. Maybe I’ll just embrace that and create a giant painting of just dates. I know it’s weird but this is me and my life these days. I just write the date.

I also take walks and forget to put on deodorant. Don’t you love it when that happens?

I’ve also been on a reading kick. Books are great because I can watch Bug with one eye and read with the other and then when she interrupts me (like she does all the live long day) I don’t snap at her because it’s not like I’m in the middle of a complicated project… it’s just a book. I can pick it up and put it down. Now I know why my mom read so many books when I was a kid.


Lastly, some random sketches. This page is pretty pathetic. I need to take more time when I draw. I should just scrap it but I’m sharing my low points today. I do like the scraggly haired Bug at the top and the mama bear at the bottom.

Now you’re all caught up. Maybe I’ll be more motivated to draw more skillfully now!

Okay Loose Ends, Show Yourselves!


We are packed and we are ready to go. I can’t even believe it. I never have down time before a big trip. I’ve finished up all my freelance assignments that I had to do—such a weird feeling. I always have a deadline or two hanging over my head. Does anyone have any work for me? Just kidding, sort of. I think things will go smoothly while I’m gone. Knock knock on my wooden head. It’s really weird being ready early instead of running around mad like a chicken with her head cut off (that was me Monday).

Bug has asked me why we can’t just fly the airplane today about a zillion times. I think she thinks the hours and hours in the sky are going to be like some sort of loop-ti-loop fun game on Air Olivia. (Which I cannot find a link to no matter how hard I look. Does this one work? It wouldn’t work for me but then my laptop was born in 2003 and it’s sadly dying.)

I meant to put this post up this morning so you guys could tell me what I’m forgetting, because I’m sure I’m forgetting something but somehow the day got away from me and now I only have hours before we leave. Yaaaaaay! I’m so excited. Washington D.C I hope you’re ready for me. I can’t wait to update you on whatever adventures we have.

The most exciting adventure will be unpacking Bethany’s house I’m sure. They moved into the craziest house with lots of rooms all painted different colors. She even has a bar with a phone booth in her basement. I’m not even kidding. I’m planning on setting up a coffee shop there stat.