A New Painting

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The Christmas season is upon us now and so everything is getting a little busy and hectic.I haven’t been able to work on a lot of personal projects lately because I am working on Christmas gifts and some projects I can’t show you all just yet. This sketch is a preliminary sketch for a painting that I want to finish in the new year. The inspiration for this sketch/painting came from Katy Perry’s “Roar”. I will make sure that I get the work in progress and final piece up here as soon as I get them finished.

Now back to sketching while I have a few minutes, hopefully I will have a bit more work up for you lovely readers to see before the end of the year.

Happy Holiday preparations!!!


Something finished…

I have finally finished something in my sketchbook. I have been working away bit by bit on this one over the past month. I drew up this sketch one night and then took it slowly to see what I wanted to do next.

I started off my putting down some based colour with watercolour, then working some pencil crayon overtop. To finish it off I used some markers, and a final touch of more pencil. I tend to work quickly through pieces in my sketchbook, taking the time to work out what patterns, media and colour to use resulted in a final piece that I am really happy with.

Sketchbooks of Years Past


A couple weeks ago I was at home going through some of stuff that I have in storage from my college years and high school. In some of the boxes I found some of my old sketchbooks and pieces I have done over the years. It is pretty cool to see where my art was at in high school and what I used my sketchbooks for in college.

For the first post of the week I am going to give you a sneak peek into what I found in storage. I have so many more books to go through and I can’t wait to see what I find in them. Hope you’re all having a great week!!!

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30 Days of Creation… finale

Yesterday was the last day in the 30 Days of Creation course put on at The Smashbook. This course was put on throughout the month of July and required everyone to create something everyday. As we went through the month we got deeper into ourselves and what we want now and in the future.

This course was great! Creating everyday was a bit of a challenge, especially in a summer month full of redecorating, travelling and visits. I was unfortunately unable to create every day of the challenge but I was able to think on the topics and build on them throughout the different weeks. Thinking through some of those prompts has given me more ideas and approaches to what I do in my sketchbook.


Charissa is the greatest! She encourages her students throughout the whole process and is always available to help with any questions or ideas that you may have. Now that the course is done we have access to the content forever, so I am going to go back to the material regularly to keep the ideas flowing. Thanks so much to Charissa and everyone in the course, this was a great experience and a great jump start into getting to know my work and processes better.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to get into their journals, wanting to start their journals, get into a routine of working more or even getting to know themselves a little more. Head over to the course list at The Smashbook and sign up for the courses there. Charissa is putting on two courses in the fall… sign up now!!!

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This past weekend was the May 2-4 weekend which means three whole summer days to work with. Instead of travelling this weekend, I decided to stay in and relax. There was patio sitting, book reading, BBQ having, and good quality sketchbook time. I worked away at a few different projects but I actually finished this page here. I tend to listen to a lot of music so lyrics are a big inspiration for me. This one (in case you don’t recognize it) is from one of my favourite summer, beachy songs, “California Girls” by Katy Perry.