March 31, 2017

Friday Favorite: City East Bagel and Grille

City East Bagel and Grille, aka the Bagel Diner (that's what I call it), is one of my favorite places to eat lunch. I highly recommend the turkey reuben and a side of potato salad.

March 30, 2017

Look! More people!

Now I'm the creepy person at the coffee shop staring at everyone. I'm cool with that.

March 29, 2017

Me and My House

I made this self-portrait sketch a couple of weeks ago. It looks more like my sister, but I promise that my nose looks like that, too. It's just usually covered up with glasses.

I love my patio!!!

March 28, 2017

Cars and Trees and Cars and Trees

... and desk stuff and notes.

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March 27, 2017

Memphis Monday: East Memphis Icons

A couple of other iconic East Memphis buildings (i.e. not the Clark Tower).

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March 26, 2017

Eleven More People

Yesterday I posted about #oneweek100people, and here's proof that I kept it up! This is Melissa Dunn's gallery talk for her amazing show at L Ross Gallery.

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March 25, 2017

One Week One Hundred People

A couple of weeks ago I participated in #oneweek100people2017, a sketching challenge started by Liz Steel and Marc Taro Holmes, where the goal was to sketch 100 people in a week.

I don't normally participate in these types of challenges because once I give myself an assignment I don't want to do the thing anymore, but this seemed like fun and I knew that if I didn't get to 100 nothing bad would happen :)

Which is good, because I only got to about 60. But then again, it wasn't a week, it was only five days (March 6-10).

I had big plans for getting to 100. I literally had plans for most days, such as a group photo of women artists in Memphis, during which I completely forgot to sketch, and lunch with girlfriends, during which I was too busy visiting to sketch, etc.

On Friday there was a Spark/Spillit event - Women and Their Art - where I got 20 more people! By then I was feeling so confident that the very last sketch I did I showed to the woman because I was so happy with it.

Some things I learned:
• Sketching with a fat pen makes everything easier! It's freeing somehow, and makes me less timid.
• If I see a person I want to sketch I just have to sketch them! I can't eat lunch first or they will leave before I'm done, and I can't think about it too long or the moment will have passed.

• The way my life it set up, I really don't see a lot of people during the day! Except at work, but I'm weird enough there without going around sketching everyone.
• I like sketching people! I usually sketch around them, but now I have a whole new subject everywhere I go.
• I can take on a challenge without "winning" it and everything will be okay :)

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March 09, 2017


We had bookclub last week - read Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein, a collection of short stories set in a distopian future in which people are overdependent on technology. I liked it - I give it a qualified 3 (would recommend to a friend, if that friend is okay with distopian stories).

Bookclub dog, Pond. Her brother Wash won't be still long enough to be sketched.

March 08, 2017

Recent Memphis Urban Sketchers Outings

In February we went to the Barret Library at Rhodes - it's a really beautiful building, and it was a good day to be inside!

I sketched Martha Kelly and Carl Fox sketching, with a backdrop of stained glass windows.

In March we went to the Big River Crossing, which was amazing! I wanted to sketch everything and I can't wait to go back.

I sketched the skyline with a fat pen, because I find they make me less fussy.

That bridge, the "New Bridge," proves to be as elusive to capture a likeness of as another Memphis icon, Elvis.

March 07, 2017

Sketchbook Class at Flicker Street Studio

I'm teaching the a class at Flicker Street Studio later this month called Getting Comfortable with your Sketchbook - it's a fun class! If you want to start using a sketchbook regularly, or kick-start your sketchbook habit, join us to learn about different materials and techniques.

Click here to sign up at Flicker Street Studio.
Tuesday Evenings
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
March 21st - April 4th | 3 Sessions
$175 | Materials Included | Beginner and up

One Intersection, Three Lights, and a Trip to the Gas Station

I had to sit through three lights at this intersection before I got to go.

Sketched the Clark Tower while getting gas.

February 24, 2017

Around Town

A tree from Shelby Farms, a church on Mendenhall, and the bar at Soul Fish.

February 23, 2017

Shelby Farms Park

The newly redesigned Shelby Farms Park is GORGEOUS and a great place to sit at lunch.

February 22, 2017

Lunch Sketches

February 01, 2017

Desk Sketches Never Get Old

Right? Don't answer that.

January 31, 2017

Travel Tuesday - Tallahassee

A couple of weeks ago I went to Tallahassee to visit some of my favorite people, my high school BFF Robin and her family.

First, obligatory airplane sketches...

Multi-pen FTW!

Then, obligatory on-vacation coffee cup sketch!

Florida pines

We often wound up here at Robin and Peter's kitchen table, looking out the window at all of the pines as we talked, or watching their daughter Zeta and her friends play on the trampoline. Their other kids - Henry, Abby, Marley and Sam - would sit and visit or wander through or join us for a meal. That's a lot of kids, but it was really peaceful. That house is full of love.

January 24, 2017

Sketches from the Memphis Women's March

I attended the Memphis Women's March on Saturday and made some sketches in a small Moleskine Cahier notebook with a Pigma Graphic 1 pen and a Hi-Tec-C Coleto 5-color pen. Sadly, I did not bring anything pink to sketch with, which may have made the job easier, but I wanted to keep the materials minimal. I had never participated in a march before and didn't know what to expect.

We gathered at the Shelby County Courthouse, also known as the Judge D'Army Bailey Courthouse except on official Shelby County websites (rolls eyes at official Shelby County). Adrienne Bailey, the late Judge Bailey's wife, spoke to the crowd and got us ready to go!

I was amazed at all of the signs - they were everywhere! The night before I attended a sign-making party at the home of my brother and sister-in-law, and my niece Somerset made a sign that says "The Future is Female." The future is Somerset!

 More signs.

As we started marching south on Second Street, I was a little overwhelmed by all of the people. I didn't know where to look and I couldn't tell where I was in relation to the front or the back. So I did what I do and I started sketching as I marched.

An amazing variety of people marched that day. The crowd was estimated at 9,000 people, almost 1% of the population here. There were young, old, wheelchair-bound, and cane-walking, and a variety of nationalities present.

And while I did see many people of color present, the outreach to African Americans by organizers was weak. There are twice as many black people in Memphis as white people, and white people should know by now that we have to make the effort to be inclusive - we can't just expect African Americans to show up when they have been shut out of so much here. We can't just expect gratitude when they have been fighting all along without us. I was happy to see those who attended, and I hope we do better next time.

One of the wonderful things about the day was running into people I knew - family members, friends, fellow artists, co-workers, and people I don't see often enough.

The people I saw that I didn't know were all so polite and happy to be there. At one point I thought to myself that with this many white women present we're just going to hear a big chorus of "sorry" the whole time.

We marched about a mile down to the National Civil Rights Museum, where others had already gathered with their signs on the lawn. Our group was so far back that we missed the speakers, but we heard cheering so I'm sure they were inspirational!

Afterwards people remained on the lawn, not wanting that good feeling to end. I sincerely hope that we continue to carry that feeling with us, and that we take this momentum to move forward in a strong and positive way.