December 06, 2016

Travel Tuesday: Hot Springs, Arkansas

I recently experienced the joy of a weekend in Hot Springs, AR, with a bunch of my girlfriends. If you live near Hot Springs but haven't been, you should rectify that situation. Right now would be a great time, as they were putting up all kinds of Christmas decorations throughout the downtown while we were there.

We stayed at The Arlington Hotel, which is very quaint, with a bar and bandstand in the lobby, and right in the middle of everything so you are in close proximity to the baths and the Pancake Shop. What more do you need?

What you need is six other smart, funny, fun women to share the experience with you. That is what we had going on.

After a relaxing and therapeutic experience at the baths (seriously, my masseuse was more like a therapist), we ate at Ronaldo's on the patio that is built into the side of the mountain. And drank margaritas - we had to replenish those toxins post-bath.

Then naps, then coffee. This was sketched from a nice little place called Kollective Coffee and Tea.

We wandered down Central Avenue to the Copper Penny Pub, and were entertained by this guitar and cello duo called Rozenbridge.

Sunday we went to the other pancake place, Colonial Pancake & Waffle house, and later walked around, stopping at the Superior Bathhouse and Brewery for a growler to take home.

December 05, 2016

Memphis Monday: One of Those Memphis Places

Sketched in watercolor from the parking lot at work. That building in the distance is one of those Memphis places that changed names so many times I have no idea what the name of it is. The funny thing is, I think it's had the same name for about 20 years, but it had so many names before that I can't remember it.

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December 03, 2016

Helium Tank, Flowers, Nuts, Candy

This random collection of things ended up in my sketchbook over the course of a few days. I arrived at a restaurant earlier than my dinner companions and sketched the handy helium tank in the corner.

A few days later was my first Fast Sketching class at Flicker Street Studio, and I brought flowers, nuts and candy for the class start by sketching small things. The flowers had great texture, the nuts had great patterns, and I loved pairing those with the hard edges and lettering of candy wrappers.

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December 02, 2016

Class Prep Sketch

I recently taught Fast Sketching at Flicker Street Studio. One thing I love about that class is showing examples of work by other sketchers - all the different techniques and styles and materials are so inspiring! I even found the stack of sketching books inspiring and sketched them!

November 28, 2016

Memphis Monday - Gibson's!

Everybody loves Gibson's! I took a dozen chocolate cake doughnuts to work because the cake I made for a potluck didn't turn out. They wait on you so quickly there that this was all I had time to do.

November 25, 2016


November 24, 2016

Thankful for Puppies

My friends Melissa and James recently fostered nine newborn puppies, and they invited everyone they knew to come play with them! I endured a half a day of allergic itchy face for a couple of hours of cuddling with these cuties.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2016

Stillman & Birn Epsilon Series

Stillman & Birn sent me a few softcover sketchbook samples, including this small Epsilon. It's a smooth paper and I love it! Ink and watercolor go on great - they take a little longer to dry than a bumpier paper, but I love the effect.

November 22, 2016

Saturday Night at Spillit

I went to Spillit on Saturday night and heard some good stories and made this sketch.

October 19, 2016

"Autumn" in Memphis

High of 88, low of 69.